TORONTO – The WNBA Canada Game presented by Tangerine – the first WNBA game in Canada – will feature the Chicago Sky and the Minnesota Lynx playing a preseason game on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in front of a sold-out crowd at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. Fans in Canada can watch the WNBA Canada Game presented by Tangerine live on Sportsnet and TSN at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Below is a by-the-numbers look at the game and the WNBA in Canada:
WNBA Canada Game presented by Tangerine:
1 – The WNBA Canada Game presented by Tangerine will mark the first WNBA game in Canada.
3 – The game will mark the third preseason WNBA game to be played outside of the United States, following games in Monterrey, Mexico in 2004 (Detroit Shock vs. San Antonio Silver Stars) and Manchester, England in 2011 (Atlanta Dream vs. Great Britain Women’s National Team).
3 – The game will air live on three networks across Canada and the U.S. – in Canada on Sportsnet and TSN, and in the U.S. on Bally Sports North – and will be streamed on WNBA League Pass.
4 – WNBA Canada Game partners have created four custom WNBA-themed TV commercials that are airing on broadcast, social media or in-arena to promote the league in Canada: DoorDash, Tangerine, Mastercard and OLG.
10 – In celebration of the game, 10 retailers and entrepreneurs have designed limited-edition WNBA collections: Peace Collective, Makeway; and as part of WNBA Goods presented by Mastercard: Barbays, Give & Grow, mood unkwn, Naked Beauty Bar, Rashelle, Santa Isla, Scents by Fay and Tonic Blooms.
12 – In collaboration with Tangerine, the WNBA created a 12-foot-tall, larger-than-life WNBA logo sculpture that will travel around downtown Toronto for fans to sign in celebration of the game. Fans can find locations and times at WNBACanadaGame.com.
16 – 16 marketing partners will activate around the game: Tangerine Bank, Air Canada, Bell, Canada Goose, Canadian Tire Corporation, DoorDash, Gatorade, Hennessy, Mastercard, Metrolinx, Michelob Ultra, Nike, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), RE/MAX, Sun Life and YouTube.
40 – DoorDash has invited 40 female basketball players from two provinces to attend the game.
100 – Nike will bring together 100 basketball coaches from the Greater Toronto Area for brunch ahead of the game to discuss the future of the game in Canada.
200 – The game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories around the world on television, and social media, including WNBA League Pass.
360 – Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) will set-up a 360-degree photobooth for fans to capture photos before the game on May 13 from 12PM – 9PM inside the Go Bay Concourse, Union Station (near Scotiabank Arena Galleria).
WNBA in Canada:
5 – 2023 WNBA training camp rosters featured five Canadians: Hamilton’s Kia Nurse (Seattle Storm), Chatham, ON’s Bridget Carleton, Toronto’s Natalie Achonwa, and Pickering, ON’s Keishana Washington (Lynx), and Mississauga, ON’s Laeticia Amihere (Atlanta Dream).
5 – The Canadian Women’s National Team is ranked 5th in the world (FIBA rankings, Feb. 2023)
8 – Amihere was selected 8th overall in the 2023 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream.
27 – The WNBA will celebrate its 27th season in 2023.
95 – Over the last three years, average regular-season WNBA viewership in Canada has increased 95%.
282M – In 2022, the WNBA’s social media channels set a record for engagement with 282 million video views (+42% YOY), and traffic to WNBA.com nearly doubled in unique visitors (5.4 million, up 99% YOY), total visits (9.2 million, up 79% YOY), and page views (23.8 million, up 83% YOY).