WNBA Announces Expansion Team in San Francisco Bay Area for 2025 Season

The WNBA is set to announce a new expansion team in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to a person with direct knowledge of the addition. The team will begin play in the 2025 season, giving the cities and ownership groups more than 18 months to prepare. The team will reportedly play its games at the Chase Center in San Francisco and be headquartered in Oakland, Calif. . The new team is expected to be controlled by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

This will be the first time in 15 years that the WNBA has expanded, with the last expansion being in 2008 when Atlanta was added. The Bay Area did not previously have a WNBA team but used to be home to the San Jose Lasers, an American Basketball League franchise that was part of the other women’s pro league that folded in 1998.

The WNBA is also talking to other potential ownership groups about expansion in other cities The league has not expanded since 2008, but the WNBA has seen an uptick in investment in women’s sports, with TV viewership for both the NCAA women’s tournament and WNBA soaring the past few seasons. In February 2022, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced a capital raise of $75 million, then the largest-ever in women’s sports, which was slated to be used for marking and elevating the league’s brand.

The addition of a new team in the Bay Area is expected to bring more excitement to the league, which has seen a new generation of talent emerge in recent years. The new team will give the league a presence in one of the largest media markets in the country and will likely attract new fans to the sport.