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Written by Abigail Hull   
Friday, 22 June 2007


In February 2005, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Chicago as the city awarded with a new WNBA franchise. The franchise was temporarily named WNBA Chicago. On May 27, 2005, former NBA player and coach Dave Cowens was announced as the team's first head coach and general manager.

The team name and logo were formally debuted on September 20, 2005, at the Adler Planetarium. The Chicago Sky were officially born. Team President and CEO Margaret Stender claimed the team colors of yellow and blue represent "A beautiful day in Chicago between the blue sky and bright sunlight to highlight the spectacular skyline."

The team's introduction in Chicago was highlighted by the appearance of several WNBA star players, including 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi, 2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year Temeka Johnson, 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year Sue Bird and 2003 WNBA Champion Ruth Riley.

In November 2005, the team held an expansion draft to help build its roster of players. Among the notable selections were Brooke Wyckoff from the Connecticut Sun, Bernadette Ngoyisa from the San Antonio Silver Stars, Elaine Powell from the Detroit Shock and Stacey Dales (who had retired prior to the 2005 season) from the Washington Mystics.

On February 28, 2006, the team announced that two of the minority shareholders of the team are Michelle Williams, from the vocal group Destiny's Child and Matthew Knowles, father of Destiny's Child lead singer Beyoncé Knowles.



The Sky currently play at UIC Pavilion located at 525 S. Racine Street on the West Side in Chicago, Illinois. Their main office is located at 20 West Kinzie Street, Suite 1010 Chicago, IL 60610 (312)/828-9550

For media inquiries about the Chicago Sky, please contact Ronnie Ramirez at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

For general information, please contact Marge Dobrofsky at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

For current Chicago Sky employment and internship openings please visit



For more information about tickets please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (877)/329-9622 or (312)/994-5978

Visiting fans will find seats behind the visitors bench in sections 114 or 115.



Sky games are broadcasted on WTTW-TV and WCIU-TV.

The team website can be found here .



Visitors can fly into O'Hara Airport or Midway Airport.  Most major hotels have shuttle services from the airport to the hotel.  Public transportation is the easiest way to get to UIC. The blue-line El train is a block away on Harrison. To see bus schedules and click on “mass transit".



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