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New York Liberty set a WNBA record with $2 million in ticket revenue against Indiana Fever

The New York Liberty are off to an incredibly strong start to the 2024 WNBA season. The team's success cannot only be measured by a 3-0 record. On Saturday, when the team hosted Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever at Barclays Center, the Liberty set a league record for ticket revenue for a single game.

According to the Associated Press, the Liberty had more than $2 million in ticket revenue for Saturday's game against the Fever. It is the highest single-game ticket sales in league history.

Saturday's game between New York and Indiana was a sellout with 17,735 fans.

Liberty star Breanna Stewart was elated when she heard the news of ticket sales following the team's 91-80 victory over the Fever. She gave Clark a lot of credit, but said it's been a “long time coming” for the league.

“That's incredible. I think the excitement and eyes that Caitlin has brought to the WNBA now from Iowa will be a shared victory for everyone,” Stewart said. “And now that it's part of our league…even though we're competing against each other, we're making sure we continue to move this league up together. And I think that’s the most important thing.”

“Of course we have to put the best talent on the pitch every night. But to make sure there's growth, I think when I first started in the league some teams weren't even making revenue. … It’s going to be a long time coming.” We’re happy to be at this point, but we’re not happy.”

Stewart finished Saturday's game with 24 points, five rebounds and two assists. Clark also had a strong performance in her first game in New York, scoring 22 points, dishing out eight assists and collecting six boards.

New York is off to a hot start, defeating the Washington Mystics 85-80 in the opener and defeating the Fever 102-66 in Thursday's game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana is still looking for its first win of the 2024 WNBA season and sits at 0-3.

Ticket revenue for Saturday's game is another sign that the WNBA's popularity is growing. Last week, the season opener between the Fever and Connecticut Sun drew 2.1 million viewers and became the most-watched WNBA game across all ESPN platforms.

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