As the Stars head into their 15th season in San Antonio, we’ll be taking a look back at the top 15 moments in Stars history. Below is our #15 moment, when the Utah Starzz relocated to San Antonio to form the San Antonio Stars in 2003.
Utah Starzz Relocate To San Antonio
NEW YORK, December 5, 2002 – The Utah Starzz will relocate to San Antonio for the 2003 WNBA season and will be owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E), it was announced today by WNBA President Val Ackerman. The decision to move the franchise to San Antonio was made by the WNBA following last month’s announcement that SS&E had exceeded its season ticket pledge requirement of 6,000 tickets to earn a WNBA team.
The Starzz joined the WNBA as one of the league’s original eight teams for the inaugural season in 1997 and have risen to the upper ranks of the Western Conference. The team made its second consecutive trip to the WNBA Playoffs in 2002 and advanced to the Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Sparks after finishing the regular season with a franchise-record 20-12 record.“We are extremely excited to have a team in place with the experience and caliber of the Starzz,” said Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil, San Antonio WNBA Chief Operating Officer. “We are looking forward to seeing our efforts brought to life with this group of players, who have demonstrated their competitiveness and will make San Antonio proud.”“We are grateful to Larry Miller, the Utah Jazz organization and our fans in Salt Lake City for their support over the past six seasons in helping to launch the WNBA,” said Ackerman. “The Starzz are one of the most exciting teams in the league, and we are confident they will flourish in their new home.”
“We’ve taken great pride in helping to build the WNBA from the ground stages and appreciate all the fan support the Starzz have received over the past six seasons,” said Dennis Haslam, President of Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment. “We believe the future is bright for the WNBA in San Antonio and the Starzz’s presence will only enhance that.”