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May 2015 Stadium of the Month – Mohegan Sun Arena

Posted by Sean Rowland on May 19, 2015

Mohegan Sun Arena Interior

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I know what you may be thinking: “Women’s Basketball…boring”. Bare with me for a sec. Yes, women’s basketball may not have the speed or highlight dunks like in the NBA or Division I College Basketball and yes, they may shoot funny, but there is indeed quality basketball being played. Out of all of the women’s professional sports, the WNBA has by far been the most successful. Playing in the summer offseason has been advantageous and fan support has been very solid, where I’ve even seen legit (not just by the numbers) sellouts in the playoffs. And all the better are the young girls that follow the league, attend games and have role models (except Griner) achieving success at a professional level. I challenge those that ridicule the league to check out a game live and see the energy on the floor and in the stands.

One of the best places to visit for a WNBA game is the Mohegan Sun Arena. Located in the Southeast portion of Connecticut, the Nutmeg State already supports Husky women’s basketball very well and that carries over into the summer at the pro level (Storrs/Hartford is about an hour away from Uncasville). The setting is unique as the arena sits inside of the huge Mohegan Sun Casino. With all of the casino/resort amenities nearby, this is a fun spot to head for the weekend and the similarly large Foxwoods Casino is nearby too. Just bring a ton of money. What I love about Mohegan Sun Arena is the decor. The Mohegan Tribe own the land and casino and they have made this one of the more visually appealing facilities around thanks to the tribal motif throughout the arena (particularly the concourse), along with the stunning bronze-orange terrazzo floor. Inside, the seating bowl is so simple yet soperfect. An octagon design with no suites or center scoreboard make the sightlines to the court spot on. While most new arenas cater to money-making specialty seating, this arena does not and it suits the general fan beautifully. The Connecticut Sun make their WNBA home here between late May and September and the beautiful facility is situated in a destination spot for a weekend away. 

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