One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to attend New York Liberty basketball games. If you haven’t been to a game before or you missed the 2017 season opener, there’s a lot of season left. If you need more persuading, here are five reasons why Liberty games are so awesome:
1. They play in The Garden
Madison Square Garden is one of the best places in the country to watch a game. The energy of the fans. The history of the arena. Seriously, nothing beats it!
2. Family friendly and affordable
“Affordable” and “New York City” are rarely seen in the same sentence. And to be fair, “friendly” and “New York City” are not often paired either. But, the Liberty genuinely offer family-friendly and affordable fun. You can buy tickets in the $20 range. The Liberty play six Sunday home games at 3 p.m. that feature kid activities such as face painting, on-court family games and autograph sessions with the players. Family Fun Zone on the kids. The Liberty even offers a Family Funday Sunday partial season ticket plan for those games as well as other great deals. The team also offers other great giveaways while Maddie the mascot always makes the rounds and most games feature three dance teams, including one of senior citizens and a kids’ group. So, bring your family, and you will definitely have a blast.
3. Tina Charles
I had the pleasure of attending a Liberty event that featured Head Coach Bill Laimbeer. A basketball legend in his own right, Laimbeer told us that Charles is one of the best players in the world. And she is coming off of a season when she was the MVP runner-up and led the league in scoring and rebounding! Not to mention that she won another Olympic Gold Medal last summer. Rumors are that she has spent the offseason extending her range. Yeah, she’s getting better, and she plays her home games at The Garden!
4. See some of the world’s best basketball players
While a New York Liberty game is a great opportunity to cheer for your home team, it’s also a chance to see some of the world’s best players like Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Breanna Stewart, Nneka Ogwumike and Elena Delle Donne. If you love basketball, you will see great basketball on display.
5. New York Liberty one of the WNBA’s best teams
The New York Liberty have been a top 3 team the past two seasons, even finishing with the best regular season record in 2015. They are again a serious championship contender, and added some depth during the offseason. Coach Laimbeer has the team play hard-nosed defense with players like Kiah Stokes and Shavonte Zellous. That’s what New Yorkers love. In addition, guards Epiphany Prince and Sugar Rodgers, and the aforementioned center Tina Charles put the ball in the hoop with regularity. A championship banner at The Garden is not out of the question.
I hope these reasons will lead you to Madison Square Garden to watch the Liberty. If you’re not in New York City, the WNBA plays in 11 other cities across the country! So, get out there, watch some superb basketball, and support a league full of amazing women! See you at The Garden!
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