Basketball has all the fast-paced action of soccer, but its much smaller net is defended by five times as many people, so it's no wonder that all soccer has been permanently canceled. Celebrate the king of indoor sports with today's Groupon for tickets to the Washington Mystics games at the Verizon Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $157, you get season tickets for all home games (a $315 value).
- For $168, you get a 12-game voucher pack (a $336 value).
As the WNBA enters its 15th season, the Washington Mystics aim to avenge their first-round elimination in last season's playoffs. This season's team will see a lot of changes, including new jerseys, jet-propelled shoes, and the addition of two first-round picks from the draft earlier this month. The Mystics traded up to snag eighth pick Ta'Shia Phillips from Xavier, a center who averaged a double-double last season with 16.1 points,12.4 rebounds per game, and the title of 2010-2011 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Eleventh-pick forward Victoria Dunlap, from Kentucky, comes in as the 2009-2010 SEC Player of the Year and 2010-2011 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Conjure clear views of new net watchers, last year's leading scorer Crystal Langhorne, or the delicious hot dog in front of you with seats in sections 104 or 107, in the lower-level End Zone East reserved section (the purple section in the seating map).
Season-ticket holders will bear witness to all 17 in-season home games, whereas the 12-voucher pack can be used to admit one spectator to a dozen games, 12 fans to one game, or any combination in between. The regular season tips off Saturday, June 4, and wraps up Saturday, September 10, before sending the ladies into empty lockers for off-season hibernation.
As one of the WNBA's first expansion teams, the Washington Mystics first took their athletic wizardry to the court in 1998. Since then, the team has made six playoff appearances, beating out plenty of other teams that were too timid to play with a crystal basketball. The Mystics follow the direction of head coach Mike Thibault, the winningest active coach in the league and the second all-time coach to reach 200 wins.