The WNBA announced this week the events surrounding its 2019 All-Star Game, which will be played Las Vegas on Saturday, July 27 (3:30 p.m., ABC).
WNBA All-Star Friday Night will take place on July 26 and include a 3-point contest and skills challenge, with both events featuring WNBA stars in action at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. ESPN will provide live coverage beginning at 7 p.m.
While the two most recent WNBA All-Star Games have included a 3-point contest at halftime, this year marks the first time the long-distance shooting event and skills challenge will be paired together at WNBA All-Star since 2006.
“The WNBA is excited to add the events of All-Star Friday Night to the calendar for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019,” WNBA COO Christy Hedgpeth said in a release. “What better place than Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, for the WNBA’s most talented and dynamic players to headline a show. The competitions along with special entertainment and a festive beach party all combine to make the WNBA All-Star 2019 the place to be.”
The six participants for the 3-point contest and eight participants for skills challenge will be announced in July.
The 3-point contest will be a two-round, timed competition in which five shooting locations are positioned around the three-point arc. Four racks will contain four WNBA balls (each worth one point) and one “money” ball (worth two points). The fifth station is a special “all-money ball” rack, which each participant can place at any of the five locations. Every ball on this rack is worth two points. Players will have one minute to shoot as many of the 25 balls as they can. The two competitors with the highest scores in the first round will advance to the championship round, where the winner will be determined.
The skills challenge will be a three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility and three-point shooting skills. The event will showcase a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament format. First-round matchups will be determined at a later date.