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Toronto confirmed a new Basketball team by 2026

Published May 10, 2024 at 10:08

Toronto, get hyped! Women's pro basketball is coming to town, and it's not just any news—it's a game-changer. Kilmer Sports Inc., steered by the one and only Toronto billionaire Larry Tanenbaum, has clinched an expansion slot with the Women's National Basketball Association. Mark the date, folks—May 23. That's when the big reveal is happening, with the team set to hit the hardwood in May 2026.

Larry Tanenbaum? He's a titan in the sports world, holding down roles like minority owner and chairman of the colossal Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment. Interestingly, his first shot at bringing the WNBA team to life through MLSE didn't fly with the board. But that didn't stop him. Nope, he went ahead and made it happen with Kilmer Sports.

The WNBA has big plans, aiming to expand to 16 teams by 2028, and Toronto is now officially on that list. As for their home court, the team will light up the Coca-Cola Coliseum, known for hosting the AHL's Marlies.

And if you're questioning whether Toronto is ready for this—let me tell you, the energy is real! Sold-out crowds for preseason games? Check. Last year, a packed Scotiabank Arena buzzed with nearly 20,000 fans for a Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx game, and just last week, Edmonton's Rogers Place was brimming with over 16,000 fans. Toronto is not just ready; it's thirsty for WNBA action. So gear up, Toronto, it's time to show the world how we support our women in sports. WNBA, here we come!

Source ESPN: Toronto expansion team to join WNBA in 2026, per reports
Source CBC: Toronto awarded WNBA expansion team to begin play in 2026
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