Las Vegas’ 2022 Season Tips Off With 2021 Playoff Rematch at Phoenix

Las Vegas (December 9, 2021)—The WNBA released its 2022 schedule today, and the Las Vegas Aces begin pursuit of their first league championship with a rematch of their 2021 WNBA Semifinals series against the Phoenix Mercury. The Aces season tips off on Friday, May 6, at Phoenix at 7:00 pm PT, with Las Vegas’ home opener coming two days later at Michelob ULTRA Arena against the Seattle Storm at 3:00 pm.

Ticket information for the Las Vegas Aces 2022 home schedule will be made available after the New Year.

Teams are playing 36 games during the 2022 regular season—18 at home, and 18 on the road. Las Vegas plays three games against every opponent save the Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx and Seattle, whom they play four times.

Las Vegas welcomes the 2021 WNBA Champion Chicago Sky to the Sports & Entertainment Capital of the World on Tuesday, June 21, and Thursday, August 11. Both games tip at 7:00 pm.

The regular season concludes Sunday, August 14, with the Aces hosting the Storm at 3:00 pm. That is the earliest a WNBA regular season has ended since 2006.

The 2022 WNBA Playoffs were recently reconfigured and will include three rounds of series-play using a best-of 3-5-5 format. The eight teams with the highest winning percentages regardless of conference will qualify for the postseason, and be seeded based on their record. All eight playoff teams will participate in first-round, bracket-style play consisting of four best-of-three series.

The WNBA’s national and local television schedules will be released after the new year, as will information regarding AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 and Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase.

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022, the 18th All-Star Game in league history, will be played on Sunday, July 10, with other pre-All-Star activities on Saturday, July 9.

Introduced last season, the Commissioner’s Cup is an in-season tournament pitting conference rivals against each other during the first half of the regular season, will return for its second season. The 10 designated “Cup games” per team will be the first home game and first road game each team plays against its five conference rivals, all completed from May 6 thru July 7. The team from each conference with the top record in Cup games will compete for a lucrative prize pool in the Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game on Tuesday, July 26.

Additional Schedule Notes

  • The Aces’ longest road trip of the year is 5 games over 10 days—July 29 thru August 7. Last year, the team’s longest road trip was 3 games on 2 occasions. The team has had one five-game road trip in its history—July 14-22, 1997—during the franchise’s inaugural season in Utah.
  • Las Vegas’ longest home stand is 4 games over 7 days—May 17-23. Last season, the team’s longest home stand was 3 games on 2 occasions.
  • 8 of the Aces’ first 12, and 11 of their first 17 games are at home.
  • Las Vegas closes out the 2022 season with three home games from August 9-14.
  • 12 of the Aces’ 16 games from June 27 thru August 7 are on the road. Five teams in WNBA history have had similar stretches, including the 2018 Connecticut Sun who played 13 games on the road during a 16-game span.
  • Las Vegas plays all 3 of its regular season games against the Phoenix Mercury in the first 7 games of the year.
  • Las Vegas plays three straight games against the New York Liberty from July 6-14.
  • The Aces don’t play Indiana until July 21, and then play the entirety of their schedule against the Fever in three of the next four games (July 21, 29 and 31).
  • Las Vegas has no back-to-back games.
  • This year’s season opener is on May 6, which is the earliest start ever to a WNBA season. The 2021 opener was May 15. The earliest previous opener was May 13 in the 2017 campaign.
  • The final game of the regular season this year is August 14. The final game of the 2021 season was September 19, but that was an Olympic year. The earliest a season has ended in franchise history is August 9 in the 2000 season.
  • Similar to last season, the 2022 schedule incorporates steps to reduce team travel, including the use of a “series” model whereby, in some instances a team is scheduled to play twice in one market, with those games being scheduled consecutively. The Aces have 4 such series—home tilts against Connecticut (May 31 and June 2); and road games at Minnesota (July 1 and 3), New York (July 12 and 14), and Indiana (July 29 and 31).