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2021 WNBA season schedule released, includes Olympics pause

The 25th season for the league is here, and the home arenas return after last year’s bubble in Palmetto, Florida.

Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm celebrates after the game against the Las Vegas Aces during Game Three of the WNBA Finals on October 6, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

The WNBA has released their regular season schedule and all 12 teams will tip-off on May 14th or 15th as the 25th Anniversary season gets underway.

The first game of the season features Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty facing the Indiana Fever at 7:00 p.m. It will be the first game for the Liberty at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Ionescu started last season wonderfully before an ankle injury knocked her out of the bubble just three games into her highly-anticipated rookie campaign.

The 2021 plan was originally set for 36 games per team, but due to COVID-19 and the Olympics, clubs will play 32 games each during the regular season. Teams will play three games against 10 of their 11 opponents, while facing one team in the opposite conference just twice. The Olympic break will be from July 15th to August 11th, where the USA will be heavily favored to win their seventh-straight gold medal.

The regular season is set to conclude on September 19th, with an as-yet to be announced format leading to the WNBA Finals in October.

And what will the rosters look like? We’ll find that out during the WNBA Draft on Thursday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN. The Dallas Wings will enter with the No. 1, 2, 5, and 7 pick in the first round.