2008_04_wnbaashe.jpgFor those looking for WNBA news, today is a huge day. The WNBA draft took place -- one day after the college season ended -- and the league announced the Liberty will play the first outdoor game in the history of professional basketball. New York will play the Indiana Fever at Arthur Ashe Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on July 19. Ashe Stadium, which has been the main stadium court of the U.S. Open since 1997, has never hosted an athletic event other than a tennis match.

The Liberty played at Radio City Music Hall during the 2004 season to accommodate the Republican National Convention. That was a bizarre situation -- the court wasn't surrounded by a fans but was instead in an amphitheater setting. This decision comes on the heels of the popular outdoor hockey game played by the Sabres and Penguins on New Year's Day and a possible Rangers game at Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, women's basketball doesn't have the appeal that outdoor hockey has. This begs a question: Will Ashe be quieter during this game than it is during a point between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick?

Photo of Arthur Ashe Stadium by wallyg on flickr, addition of WNBA court by Gothamist