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Written by Abigail Hull   
Thursday, 20 December 2007

HISTORY:

The Comets are one of the original teams in the WNBA.  Their team colors are red and white.

The Comets won the first WNBA Chamionship in 1997 with a win over the New York Liberty in the WNBA championship game to win the WNBA's first championship. When the league expanded the next season, the Comets were moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference. In 1998, they repeated the championship, with a win over the Phoenix Mercury, in the first three game championship series. 

In 1999, led by what is known as the Big Three, (Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson), the Comets survived a highlight film last second, court to court game winning shot by the Liberty's Teresa Weatherspoon in Game 2 of the finals to beat the Liberty in three games and win their third straight title. This championship was dedicated to former teammate Kim Perrot, who died of breast cancer.  Perrot's death lead to the creation of Kim's Place and the WNBA's partnership with breast cancer research.  In addition the WNBA Sportmanship Award is also named after Kim Perrot.

In 2000, the Comets met and beat the Liberty in two games to win their fourth title in a row, becoming known as a sports dynasty. After losing Cooper to retirement in 2001, they were able to reach the quarterfinals that year, and in 2002, when Swoopes was injured most of the year with a broken ankle, they lost at the quarterfinals again. They missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2004, but earned a playoff berth in 2005.

After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs to the Sacramento Monarchs in 2006, the Comets underwent major front-office changes during the off-season. In October 2006, team owner Leslie Alexander (who also owns the NBA's Houston Rockets team) announced he was selling the Comets, and longtime Head Coach Van Chancellor resigned in January 2007. On January 31, 2007, the WNBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the team to Hilton Koch, a Houston-based mattress and furniture businessman. Two weeks later, Comets assistant coach Karleen Thompson was named to become the team's new Head Coach and General Manager for the 2007 season.

On December 12, 2007 team owner Hilton Koch announced that the Comets would be moving from the Toyota Center to Reliant Arena for the 2008 WNBA season.

LOCATION:

The Houston Comets curently play in Reliant Arena located at 1 Reliant Park, Houston TX 77054

The team offices are located at 1730 Jefferson Street, Suite 127, Houston TX 77003 (713)627-9622

TICKETS:

Season Tickets contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (713)627-9622

Ticket Inqueries call (713)739-7442

Visiting fans will find seats behind the visitors bench in the floor section C and section 105. 

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Games are broadcasted on KNTH-AM 1070

The team website can be found here

TRANSPORTATION:

Visitor can fly into Houston (Bush International Airport) and rent a car.  Directions can be found here .

HOTELS:

There are numberous chain hotels in the area. 

 

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