WNBA, Connecticut Sun release 2021 regular-season schedule

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With just two days until this year’s WNBA draft, the league released its schedule for the 2021 regular season Tuesday.

The season’s opening day will be May 14 for all teams and conclude on Sept. 19 before the playoffs. Additionally, the WNBA will take about a month-long break between July 15 and Aug. 11 while players participate in the Olympics in Tokyo.

“As we tip-off this historic season with teams returning to play in their home markets, we celebrate the impact the WNBA has made on generations of young and diverse athletes and on sports and society since 1997,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in Tuesday’s release. “Together with our fans and partners, we look ahead to how the outstanding athletes of the WNBA will continue to provide the best women’s basketball in the world while also driving change, striving for justice and equality, and impacting future generations.”

The Connecticut Sun will start the 32-game season on May 14 at the Atlanta Dream.

Connecticut will play 16 games at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Sun’s home opener, its first true home game in 551 days, will be on May 16 against the Phoenix Mercury, led by Diana Taurasi.

Connecticut will travel to play both the Seattle Storm, the 2020 WNBA champions, and the Las Vegas Aces, the team that prevented the Sun from advancing to the 2020 finals, at the end of May. The Sun will then open June with three-game homestands against both the Storm and the Aces, along with the New York Liberty from June 1 to June 13.

Before the league-wide break for the Olympics, Connecticut will play four games during July and then start back up in August with a five-game home stand against Minnesota, Los Angeles and the Aces.

The Sun will close out the season in mid-September with home series against the Liberty and the Atlanta Dream from Sept. 15 to 19.

Details on the Sun’s spectator guidelines and expectations this season are still to be determined.

maggie.vanoni@hearstmediact.com