Sparks return to Crypto.com Arena to host Fever’s Clark

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The LA Sparks will return to Crypto.com Arena for a game against WNBA sensation Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever this month.

LOS ANGELES — The Sparks have moved three home games that were previously scheduled to be held at Walter Pyramid back to Crypto.com Arena, including their only home game against WNBA rookie sensation Caitlin Clark.

The games are against Clark’s team, the Indiana Fever, on May 24, Dallas Wings on May 26 and Minnesota Lynx on June 5. All other regular-season games will remain at Long Beach State and tip-off times stay the same.

Clark, the player of the year for the last two seasons in women’s college basketball, already has made an impact on the WNBA after being selected with the No. 1 pick in the draft last month. The Fever sold out Dallas’ 6,000-seat College Park Center for an exhibition game last week and most league teams have moved Indiana games to larger venues.

LA is following suit because the Walter Pyramid, formerly known as The Long Beach Pyramid, has a seating capacity of 4,000 compared to Crypto.com Arena’s 19,000-seat capacity.

“We appreciate the partnership that we have built with Long Beach State and are excited to open our 2024 season in front of the Long Beach community,” Sparks President Christine Monjer said. “Women’s basketball is experiencing unprecedented viewership and attendance numbers so moving these games back to Crypto.com Arena provides us the ability to have more fans in the stands and have our players back to competing on their home floor.”

Crypto.com Arena, which has been the primary home of the Sparks since 2001, was undergoing renovations as part of a three-year project’s third phase.

After being cut short, the playoff run for the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings has left the arena available for the Sparks. According to the WNBA website, the Sparks have sold out of season tickets for this season; however, individual tickets are still available on Thursday.

The Sparks will play their first two regular-season games at the Pyramid, with the first game scheduled for May 15 against the Atlanta Dream.