Over the summer the WNBA approved a franchise move for the Tulsa Shock, allowing them to go to Dallas to start the 2016 season. Earlier this week, the official team name and logo were announced, and the Shock are now the Dallas Wings. The Wings will play at College Park Center, the on-campus basketball facilities at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Wings roster boasts several players who spent their collegiate years in the state, including Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Tiffany Jackson-Jones (Texas), and Pienette Pierson (Texas Tech). Probably the most familiar name on the roster is Skylar Diggins, the former Notre Dame guard who led the Fighting Irish to three consecutive Final Four appearances and two National Championship appearances. You can see their new logo above.
Here's the full press release from the WNBA:
Arlington, TX., November 2, 2015 -- The Dallas Wings were introduced today by Full Court Partners, LLC, the ownership group for the WNBA team relocating to the DFW Metroplex for the 2016 season. The new name and team logo were revealed at a news conference and reception at College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, which will serve as the team's home court in 2016.
WNBA stars Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims, along with Dallas Wings Head Coach Fred Williams and NBA Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum, joined the ownership group to reveal the much anticipated name and logo.
Business executive and investor Bill Cameron, who has owned the team for seven years, will remain Majority Owner and Chairman of the team. Texas native Chris Christian, an award winning songwriter/record producer who was a driving force in bringing women's professional basketball to the DFW Metroplex, will serve as Vice Chairman and Managing partner for the Dallas Wings.
"We are bringing to the metroplex a young and dynamic team with tremendous upside," said Cameron. "They are fun to watch and they will endear themselves to their new home. The presence of Skylar and Odyssey today for this major announcement underscores the excitement of the team to represent this market in the WNBA. These professional athletes are without a doubt some the finest athletes in the world."
"This is an exciting time for the DFW Metroplex as women's professional basketball returns after 30 years," said Christian. "The next generation of girls and boys will now have a new team of professional athletes to cheer for and inspire by their hard work, commitment, dedication, discipline and the love of competition."
Led by WNBA All-Star Diggins, leading scorer and Irving, Texas native Sims and 2015 WNBA All-Star Plenette Pierson, the Dallas Wings becomes the newest professional sports franchise in one of the most vibrant sports markets in the U.S.
"We are thrilled to bring the WNBA to the DFW Metroplex, home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world," said Tatum. "As we prepare for our historic twentieth season, this is a very exciting time for the league and its teams, and we are pleased that the Dallas Wings will be part of the celebration."
The Dallas Wings will play its home games at College Park Center, a state-of-the-art 7,000-seat arena conveniently located on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington.
For more information on the franchise please visit Dallas Wings Basketball @DWingsHoops on Twitter or @DallasWingsBasketball on Instagram.