Seattle Storm

Updated: July 6, 2012

General Information

Seattle, Washington
2 (2004, 2010)
Conference titles   
2 (2004, 2010)
Official website

The Seattle Storm is a experienced basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, playing inside the Western Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded just before the 2000 season started. The group is owned by Force 10 Hoops LLC, which is composed of three Seattle businesswomen: Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel, and Ginny Gilder.

The Storm has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eight of its eleven years in Seattle. The franchise has been home to lots of high-quality players for example all-star point guard Sue Bird, sharp-shooter and 2004 Finals MVP Betty Lennox, former UConn star Swin Cash, and Australian power-forward Lauren Jackson. In 2004 and 2010, the Storm went for the WNBA Finals; they won every time, beating Connecticut in 2004 and Atlanta in 2010.

The group cultivates a fan-friendly, family atmosphere at household games by having an all-kid dance squad, which leads young fans in a conga line on the court during time-outs, to the music of “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” by the Quad City DJ’s. Named for the rainy climate of Seattle, the group utilizes quite a few weather-related icons: the group mascot is Doppler, a maroon-furred creature having a cup anemometer on its head; the theme song for Storm household games is AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”; and its newsletter is known as Stormwatch.

The Storm was the sister group with the Seattle SuperSonics until February 28, 2008, once the group was sold to an independent ownership group in Seattle.


On April 21, 2010, the Storm and the WNBA announced a sponsor agreement with Bing, a search engine from Microsoft, to place the company’s logo on their jerseys for the 2010 season.