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Seattle Storm prepare to host annual ‘Local Heroes’ night

Discount tickets available for area service members

Published: 10:54AM September 13th, 2012
Seattle Storm prepare to host annual ‘Local Heroes’ night

Neil Enns/Seattle Storm

The Seattle Storm will host its annual “Salute to Local Heroes Night” Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. at Key Arena.

Service members have the chance to catch a Seattle Storm game before the Women’s National Basketball Association regular season winds down this month.

The Storm will hold the team’s annual “Salute to Local Heroes Night” Sunday when it hosts the Connecticut Sun at KeyArena in Seattle at 6 p.m.

Service members can take advantage of discounted admission, a family-friendly environment and elements of the game that recognize the military as well as police and fire department families.

“There are so many unsung local heroes who make a difference every day, doing big things and small to make our community safe, strong and vibrant,” Storm President and CEO Karen Bryant said. “As members of the community, we at the Seattle Storm think it’s important to take a step back and pay tribute to local heroes. We are privileged to honor them at our game and invite them, their families and everyone who serves our community to come out and enjoy a great evening of Storm basketball.”

Fans will have the chance to watch the Storm take on the WNBA Eastern Conference champion Connecticut. The Storm are the 2004 and 2010 WNBA champions and this year have clinched a ninth consecutive playoff berth. The team boasts Sue Bird, a member of the USA women’s basketball team at the Olympic Games in London this summer. The guard won her third gold medal as she helped lead USA to its fifth consecutive gold medal. Also playing for the Storm is Lauren Jackson, a forward/center who represented Australia in the Games.

All military members, their families and friends will receive a special discounted group rate of 42 percent off the tickets. Groups of more than 10 people also receive a free message from the Storm on the video board. The game will include fun on-court experiences for children to participate in. Arrive to the game before the 6 p.m. tip-off to watch warm-ups close up and receive autographs.

Service members will participate in parts of the game including on-court appearances and contests. A color guard will be present and a presentation of a large American flag will happen pre-game.

To order tickets by phone contact Eric Melch at (206) 272-2704 or emelch@stormbasketball.com.