Following a 3-0 series sweep against the Washington Mystics, the WNBA champions Seattle Storm celebrated with a parade and rally Sept. 16, 2018 starting by the Space Needle and ending with a rally in KeyArena.20
Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart holds and poses with the trophy with her teammates after Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Washington Mystics, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fairfax, Va. The Storm won 98-82 and the title. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)16
SEATTLE - Hundreds of people lined the street to celebrate the Seattle Storm’s WNBA championship win over the Washington Mystics with a parade and rally Sunday.
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The parade left from the Space Needle and made its way to Thomas Street and First Avenue North at the edge of the Seattle Center grounds.
The Storm players and coaches traveled the parade route in Emerald City Trollies as fans holding signs cheered them along.
Next came a rally with the team and staff at KeyArena hosted by play-by-play announcer Dick Fain and color analyst Elise Woodward.
With lights lowered, coach Dan Hughes, support staff and team members entered the stage, announced one-by-one to much fanfare and cheering. WNBA 2018 MVP forward Breanna Stewart and guard Sue Bird, brandishing the team’s trophy, entered last.
Coaching, support staff and players talked about what the team meant to them and what it took to get to the championship, as well as the road to past championships, thanking the city and fans for their support. There was also a Q&A session with coaches and players led by Fain.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan also spoke, saying she had a message to Washington, DC, and Mayor Muriel Bowser: "Pay up! We want to see you in Storm colors!"
As part of a friendly wager between the two mayors, Bowser will wear a Storm jersey and will send Durkan items from local women-owned businesses Lee’s Flower and Card Shop, CIVIC Vodka, Baked by Yael cakepops and half-smokes from Ben’s Chili Bowl, according to the Seattle Times.
Before Durkan exited the stage, team mascot Doppler appeared with a street sign while Durkan announced that a road outside KeyArea will now be named Seattle Storm Way.
This is the Storm’s third championship win.