Published January 29, 2016
ATLANTA — For those interested in planning early to see Atlanta Dream Shoni Schimmel (Umatilla) play in-person during the next WNBA season, you can begin planning now. The Atlanta Dream released its 2016 schedule on Thursday.
The Atlanta Dream will open its ninth season of action at Philips Arena on Sunday, May 22 vs. the Chicago Sky, as part of the “WNBA Tip-Off presented by Verizon”, according to the 2016 WNBA schedule, which was released Thursday by league officials.
The Dream will begin the 2016 campaign on the road when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to battle the Stars on Saturday, May 14, beginning their quest for a seventh WNBA playoff appearance, fourth trip to the WNBA Finals and the franchise’s first WNBA Championship.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled about the 2016 schedule and having multiple visits from a larger variety of opponents at Philips Arena,” Atlanta Dream head coach Michael Cooper said. “I am excited for our fan base to see our talented roster complete against the best basketball players the world has to offer and for the crowd to provide the best home-court advantage in the WNBA. The coaching staff and players can’t wait to get to work as we strive to bring a WNBA Championship to Atlanta.”
This season’s WNBA schedule features a more balanced look as teams will now play each other a minimum of three times, regardless of conference affiliation. In addition, teams will play one opponent from its own conference four times each year, on a rotating basis, for a total of 34 regular-season games.
With the new format, the 2016 Dream home schedule has an exciting new look as nine of Atlanta’s 17 home games will see it matched up against a Western Conference opponent.
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