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October 1, 2022 by  
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Las Vegas’ beloved home team excites and inspires the city by capturing the WNBA championship.

Fan adrenaline is still pumping after the Las Vegas Aces — our city’s amazing WNBA team — scored a historic win to capture the franchise’s first championship. Their thrilling game four performance sent the Connecticut Sun packing with a 78-71 victory that launched the Aces into the annals of basketball history. 

The win capped a historic season that also saw Becky Hammon named Coach of the Year and star power forward A’ja Wilson take home the award for Most Valuable Player — a trifecta of triumph matched only by the Seattle Storm in 2010. 

The Aces were first introduced at a 2017 press conference at the Mandalay Bay Resort — where they play home games at Michelob Ultra Arena — after the team relocated to Las Vegas from San Antonio. Their extraordinary success mirrors the team’s now-ubiquitous motto: “All In.” 

LV Aces president Nikki Fargas | photo by Raquel Arnette

Supportive ownership, excellent management and world-class coaching soon earned the team wide popularity among local fans, and Las Vegas Black Image Magazine’s Taste and Sounds of Soul Festival 2018 was one among the first to recognize the Aces — awarding them a Black Image Magazine Honor on the Fremont Street Experience for a revolutionary movement to showcase Black women on a professional basketball team in the Silver State. 

Today, the Aces’ cup runneth over with recognition: Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak declared Las Vegas Aces Day on September 20, 2022, as a championship parade took over The Strip with tens of thousands of fans lining the streets to celebrate their heroes. Meanwhile, Congressman Steven Horsford paid tribute to the team on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The Aces see this victory as just the beginning of a championship tradition, and they’re already eyeing back-to-back Finals appearances and wins. And since this is Las Vegas, only one question remains: Would you bet against them?

photo by Raquel Arnette

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