SEATTLE -- The Storm fans were jumpin Friday night, even before Seattle beat the Washington Mystics in the first round of the WNBA finals.
“It feels like we’re going to win,” said Olive Paulson Young.
Despite being on crutches, Young made it to game one of the series. She loves basketball, that’s how she says she ended up on crutches.
Young says the last time the Storm won it all, she was a 6-year-old.
Other fans, like Cathy Costa, were actually at the last two finals.
Costa’s friend Bev Ross says the KeyArena has been a big part of the Storm’s legacy, but it’s definitely time for a change.
“It needs a lot of accoutrements, better sound, better visibility,” said Ross.
Over the last few decades, KeyArena has been the site of history. Including the NBA finals in 1996, when Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp took on Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
But Costa says with the Storms’ two championships and working toward a third, it’s fitting that KeyArena gets one last big event.
“The Storm have been to the the championship three times now, and no other team has done that, and I think Seattleites forget that. So, I think it’s nice they get to finish out here, and close the arena down,” said Costa.
The Storm beat the Mystics 89 -76.
Game 2 is Sunday at 12:30 pm.