When the Connecticut Sun joined the WNBA prior to the 1999 season, they were located in Florida and known as the Orlando Miracle. But after a few decidedly non-miraculous years (the team only reached the playoffs once in its first four seasons), the franchise separated from its NBA sister team, the Orlando Magic and relocated to Uncasville, Connecticut.
Once in Connecticut, armed with a new coach, a new name, and an improved roster, the Sun really started to shine. In their first season outside of Orlando, the team secured a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history—and although they lost, their momentum didn’t stop there. In both the 2004 and 2005 seasons, the Sun were Eastern Conference Champions, falling just short of earning the coveted league champion title.
On paper, the 2006 season looked like the Sun’s most promising. With the WNBA Coach of the Year at the helm and a starting roster composed of five Eastern Conference All-Stars, they were poised to finally take home the championship. But after a crushing loss to the Detroit Shock in the conference finals, the Sun once again fell just short.
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Unsatisfied by so many second-place finishes, the Sun are pushing harder than ever to win their first WNBA Championship. They are coming off yet another Eastern Conference Final appearance in 2012 with a new coach and a renewed spirit, and it’s looking like the 2013 season could finally be one that ends in victory.
The Sun play their home games at Mohegan Sun Arena, one of the smallest in the league. With a seating capacity of only 9,323, you’ll want to buy your tickets early. Save on every ticket, every day with ScoreBig.