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Fan Support for the Connecticut Sun: A Fan’s Take
For sports fans in Connecticut, basketball is as good as it gets, with both UCONN basketball teams constant tournament participants and former champions. While there is no NBA team in the state, we are fortunate to have the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA.
It was a natural fit when the team moved from Orlando to Connecticut ten years ago. Women's basketball doesn't get much bigger then it is in Connecticut. The Lady Huskies have captured the hearts of basketball fans in the state with their constant high level of play. The Sun have benefited from UCONN, with several formal Husky players continuing their basketball careers in state.
As a result of their Husky connection, the Sun enjoy a dedicated fan base, but you wonder why a team featuring Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Asjha Jones doesn't receive more support from Connecticut fans. Last season the average attendance for Suns home games was, 7056 , down from 7486 in 2010.
The attendance in 2011 at the Mohegan Sun Arena spanned from a season low of 5334 to a high of 9323, in a game that featured Maya Moore's first return back to Connecticut. For the Sun, the UCONN connection is evident in the attendance records. After the Lynx game, the third highest attended game came against the Phoenix Mercury, featuring former Husky player, Diana Taurasi. The second highest game was the Suns final home game against the New York Liberty. While the regular season attendance featured some disappointing numbers, the playoff game was especially disheartening. With Connecticut returning to the playoffs last season their lone home playoff game against Atlanta, drew only 7373 fans.
For a state with the highest per capita income, filling the Mohegan Sun Arena shouldn't be a problem. While the majority of the state, including me, couldn't afford a weekly outing to Uncasville, especially with current gas prices, getting fans to the arena for 17 games should be an attainable goal.
This state is fortunate to have the UCONN Lady Huskies and Connecticut Sun. The players need fan support and the teams need spectators in the seats. Connecticut, let's make the 10 th anniversary of the Sun in our state, their best yet. Our gift to the team, a full stadium for home games.
A Connecticut resident and avid basketball fan of the Connecticut Sun and University of Connecticut Lady Huskies.
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