In the Galleria at Sunset mall’s big box store, Las Vegas Aces championship merchandise flew off the shelves. Fans eagerly purchased shirts, hoodies, cups, and more following the team’s second consecutive WNBA title win. This reflects the deep connection between the city and its beloved team, highlighting the unwavering support for the Aces.
The Aces had a remarkable season, averaging a league-leading 9,551 fans per game, representing a significant 66% increase over the previous season. The enthusiasm reached its peak during the WNBA Finals against the New York Liberty, with both home games selling out.
The Aces’ resilience shone in Game 4 of the series, securing their victory with a remarkable defensive performance that held the injury-plagued team to just 46 points over the final three quarters. Coach Becky Hammon, known as one of the sport’s best, had to make adjustments to the lineup due to injuries, promoting reserve player Cayla George to a starting role. George, typically averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds, emerged as an unsung hero with 11 points and four rebounds in 30 minutes. A’ja Wilson, the WNBA’s top player, delivered another stellar performance with 24 points and 16 rebounds.
A’ja Wilson, who is also an ambassador for the team and a role model for young girls, embodies the spirit of enjoyment in sports. Her infectious enthusiasm, both in celebrating championships and dancing to pre-game music, demonstrates the fun side of sports, inspiring the younger generation to pursue their athletic dreams.
The Aces’ victory was a source of immense pride and celebration for the Las Vegas community. This illustrates that you don’t have to be a Golden Knights or Raiders player to be celebrated on billboards, casino marquees, or have young fans wear your jersey. Wearing “Las Vegas” on your chest automatically garners the support of a community of 2.3 million strong.
The championship celebration on October 23 drew attention to the numerous young girls proudly displaying homemade signs and donning Wilson jerseys. The back-to-back championships are undeniably a significant achievement, but the Aces’ true success lies in their ability to inspire the youth of Las Vegas and serve as role models.
The Aces have been instrumental in showing the younger generation the value of competition. They serve as heroes and role models for countless children, emphasizing that sports are for everyone. You don’t need to be a world-class athlete to enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a team, cheering each other on, and the thrill of competition.
The Aces’ outstanding 34-6 record this season marked the best finish in WNBA history, and they are poised to be strong contenders in the upcoming season. Another championship win would make them only the second three-peat champions in league history, further solidifying their place in the hearts of Las Vegas fans.