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The WNBA is, finally, officially, coming to Toronto.

Kilmer Sports Ventures has been awarded a women’s professional basketball team.

The as-yet-unnamed team will play out of Coca-Cola Coliseum, an arena in downtown Toronto at Exhibition Place.

Coca-Cola Coliseum is also home to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies and hosted the first Professional Women’s Hockey League’s Toronto team, as well as its first-ever playoffs.

Toronto’s WNBA team will start playing in May 2026.


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The CBC was the first to report on May 10 that the women’s professional basketball league had awarded a franchise to Kilmer Sports Ventures, headed by Toronto businessman Larry Tanenbaum.

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Tanenbaum is the chairman and CEO of Kilmer Group and the chairman of the board for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the NBA’s Raptors and NHL’s Maple Leafs.


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It will be the first Canadian team in the league, which currently has 12 teams but is expanding.

Canada has hosted sold-out WNBA pre-season games at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena in 2023 and Edmonton’s Rogers Place on May 4.

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