WNBA Finals Game 1: Lynx anticipating record crowd at Target Center

by Andrew Krammer

The Minnesota Lynx are hoping to draw in the largest crowd since Lindsay Whalen’s return to Minnesota on July 14, 2004. The former Gopher standout was a rookie with the Connecticut Sun at the time.


The Lynx sold out the lower bowl of the Target Center and have started selling upper-deck tickets for Sunday’s game 1 of the WNBA Finals. The team has averaged a WNBA-best 9,846 fans per game this postseason and will need to top 16,227 fans to set the single-game record.

The Lynx brought in 11,891 fans for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the largest crowd of the season.

Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson has been named to the 2011 WNBA All-Defensive First Team; and Hutchinson-native Lindsay Whalen finished fifth in the 2011 WNBA MVP voting. Whalen had four first-place votes out of the 40 sportswriters and broadcasters that vote on the award.

The Lynx will continue the run for their first WNBA title by sponsoring a block party at Target Plaza featuring live music, starting at 5 p.m., with tip off set for 7:30 p.m. against the Atlanta Dream.