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May 13, 2006 at 3:33 PM

Chicago’s new hot spot

The following entry was provided by our free-lance correspondent in Chicago, Dale Bowman:
Flying produce and all, Chicago finally netted a WNBA franchise and put some far-out buzz into it.
Chicago was one of the most logical outposts for the WNBA. But it took a long time for the franchise to begin. Now that it’s here, the Sky is off to a fast start, both on the court and off. With a wild come-from-behind victory, 68-67, over the Storm Friday night, the Sky went to 2-0 in the exhibition season.
More importantly for the family-oriented crowd at the UIC Pavilion, the cozy home of the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames, the game was good enough to become more noteworthy than the hoopla surrounding it.
The comeback victory was a good one and focused the crowd in the final minutes.
But most of the time, the crowd cheered more for the in-game and pregame hoopla.
There’s some of the traditional stuff — the Sky Guy mascot, the dance troupes, local cheerleader squads, drum lines — but also some wild extras.
There’s a Skyline Cafe on a stage on the east side of the arena, that’s a nice touch, but not way over the top.
For way over the top, how about shooting baskets with produce from Jewel, a well-known Chicago grocery chain? Yes, cauliflower heads and broccoli were fired from the free throw line. And at least for me, that’s a first at a sporting event.
Sky minority owner Michelle Williams, from the defunct musical group Destiny’s Child, will sign autographs on opening night May 23. Ben Gordon, the shooting star of the Chicago Bulls, was in the house Friday night and addressed the crowd.
The buzz seems to be working. The opening game Tuesday drew 2,633. The second game Friday pulled 3,622.

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