In celebration of the Washington Mystics inaugural season at the Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) in Congress Heights, the team will host a pregame block party that is free and open to all fans. The block party will be held outside the arena on Oak Drive on June 1 from 2:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Washington will host the Atlanta Dream at 7:00 p.m. in a rematch of the WNBA Semifinals. All fans in attendance will receive a Mystics wallet courtesy of Capital One. Single game tickets start at $12 and are currently on sale. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 877.DC.HOOP1, visiting www.WashingtonMystics.com and local Ticketmaster outlets.
The team is coming off the most successful season in franchise history with a 22-12 regular season record and their first trip to the WNBA Finals.
Angie Ange, host of WKYS’ “Angie Ange in the Morning” will serve as host of the day’s activities, and the entire DC community is encouraged and invited to enjoy live music, activities, local art, and food. Former Mystics players Monique Currie and Chamique Holdsclaw will take part in an autograph session, and there will also be a host of interactive activities including:
- Food vendors featuring MLK Deli, Grub Rockstar Catering, and Sauce Company, Cheers at The Big Chair and more.
- Basketball Arts Walk featuring backboard designs by local artists and schools in the surrounding area. Fans will be able to participate in a live backboard design project.
- Kids Zone featuring face painting, balloon twisters, and coloring.
- NBA 2K Gaming station with NBA Live, featuring WNBA teams and players. Wizards District Gaming team will also be on hand.
- Mystics Jr. WNBA coaches will host two youth clinics at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on an outdoor court.
- Fans will have a chance to participate in on-court activities for prizes such as knockout and 3-on-3.
- New exclusive Mystics apparel will be available for purchase to help fans celebrate the 2019 season.
- Musical acts including Be’la Dona and The Experience Band are scheduled to entertain the crowd.
Washington will take the party inside for their first home game at ESA, tipping off at 7:00 p.m. Players will wear special warm-up shirts (attached) commemorating the first game of the 2019 season, presented by Capital One, in their new home.
Ahead of the June 1 home opener, the team will participate in The Atlantic’s “Athletes + Activism,” panel taking place on the main court at the ESA on May 30 from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The first-of-its-kind event, led by staff writer Jemele Hill, will look at times when social change and athletics intersect. The event will feature guard Natasha Cloud as well as a host of athletes and activists such as Dr. John Carlos, hockey player Hillary Knight, Briana Scurry, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion, Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the 2016 Olympics, Martellus Bennett, former NFL player, Damion Thomas, sports curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist and Hudson Taylor, founder, executive director, and board member of Athlete Ally.