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First NWBL Televised Game makes History

January 15, 2004 - National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) - Colorado Chill News Release

The Colorado Chill will make history Saturday in the National Women’s Basketball League by having its inaugural game televised. It will be the first televised NWBL game in the league’s four-year history.

The game features the first-year Chill up against the Houston Stealth at 7 p.m. MST. Houston is the back-to-back defending champs of the Pro Cup, which is the NWBL’s season-ending tournament.

“We really think it’s important to get this first game televised so fans across Colorado can see what the NWBL and the Colorado Chill are all about,” says Dave King, owner and general manager of the Chill. “This league has so many top-level players and the competition is so good that fans will really enjoy watching the games.”

The game will be broadcast on KWHD Denver, which also reaches markets in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Longmont and Loveland through various cable stations.

The game will be the first basketball game to be played in the Budweiser Events Center, the newly opened 6,000-seat facility on Interstate 25 near Windsor. The arena has 24 luxury suites, full concessions and a restaurant and bar. King expects a near sellout for the Chill’s season-opening matchup. It will be the first of 12 home games played at the Budweiser Events Center, plus the NWBL All-Star Game on Feb. 16.

The NWBL is a professional women’s basketball league that features six teams: the Chill, Houston Stealth, Springfield Spirit, Chicago Blaze, Dallas Fury and Birmingham Power. The season runs Jan. 17 through the end of March, when playoffs begin. The league has drawn several dozen players from the WNBA, which plays its professional season in the summer.

Colorado’s roster showcases some familiar faces along with some of the world’s best players. Five are WNBA players: Ruth Riley, Becky Hammon, Allison Curtin, Helen Darling and Edna Campbell. Hammon and seven teammates are graduates of Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver and Regis.

Houston also put together a formidable lineup, including Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes and two of the world’s top players in Tina Thompson and Cynthia Cooper.

For game tickets, call the ticket office at 1-877-544-8499 or go to the Budweiser Events Center ticket window or log on to

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