Could Boston welcome its first WNBA team soon? The Connecticut Sun hosting a home game at the Boston Celtics' TD Garden fueled that speculation on Tuesday.
The Sun will play a home game at TD Garden sometime next summer, per their official X account. Connecticut ramped up the hype with its catchy “The Sun Will Rise In Boston” headline.
Will the Sun eventually move to Beantown soon? The team entered the WNBA ranks in 1999 as the then-Orlando Miracle. After four mediocre seasons in Central Florida, the team moved northeast to Ucansville CT prior to the 2003 WNBA season.
The Sun have had several up-and-down seasons in their two decades in Connecticut. Among their top players in recent memory include Katie Douglas, Lindsay Whalen, Tina Charles, and Chiney Ogwumike.
Connecticut has been one of the WNBA's best teams in the past three seasons. The Sun have averaged 26 wins per season since 2021. They made their fourth WNBA Finals appearance in 2022 but lost to the eventual champions Las Vegas Aces.
The Sun's core of Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas, and DeWanna Bonner will help them contend under second-year head coach Stephanie White in 2024. White went 27-13 in her first season in Connecticut and earned 2023 WNBA Coach of the Year honors.
Now the bigger question looms: will the Sun remain in Connecticut or eventually move to Boston?
Either way, Boston might welcome its first WNBA team soon. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck confirmed the rumors recently.
“Stay tuned, but I'm not sure. I've heard some rumblings,” Grousbeck said.
News of a Boston WNBA team comes two months after the Golden State Warriors received the go-signal for their WNBA expansion team in 2025.
With that in mind, let's see if Boston's WNBA franchise gains traction in the next several months.