wnba announced a team is coming to Toronto

Toronto is getting a WNBA expansion team for 2026 season

Toronto has been awarded a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchise that will start playing in May 2026. According to Shireen Ahmed from CBC Sports, the bid by Toronto billionaire Larry Tanenbaum’s Kilmer Sports Group to bring the franchise to Toronto was accepted, and an announcement will be made on May 23.

Tanenbaum, 79, is a minority owner and chairman of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, TFC, Argos and Marlies.

He initially pursued the expansion team through MLSE, but it was turned down by other board members.

There is currently not much information about the team name or coach, but we do know that Teresa Resch will be a part of the new organization after recently leaving her role as VP of basketball operations and player development with the Raptors.  The team will also likely play at Toronto’s Coca-Cola Coliseum — an 8,000-seat arena at Exhibition Place, which is already home to the Marlies.

Fans seem more than excited about women’s professional basketball coming to the city.

People are even leaving suggestions on who should be drafted:

The popularity of professional women’s sports seems to be on the rise in Canada. The Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) was only founded in 2023, but its first game at Scotiabank Arena in February saw a league and women’s hockey attendance record with a crowd of 19,285. This number even surpassed the previous PWHL record of 13,316 people at Xcel Energy Center for Minnesota’s home opener in January, and surpassed the 18,013 people who watched Canada’s game against Finland at the 2013 Women’s World Championship in Ottawa.

Some people will go to extreme lengths to show their support for professional women’s sports teams, so it’s likely that the new WNBA franchise will make an equally significant impact.

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