New women's basketball team to play at Larimer County fairgrounds

Updated: August 1, 2003, 5:41 AM ET

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Colorado Chill, a new women's basketball team, will play at the Budweiser Events Center at the Larimer County fairgrounds.

Dave King, president and general manager of the National Women's Basketball League team, on Thursday signed a 10-year lease agreement with a five-year option. Rent is in the $5,000-range per game, King said.

The Chill was formed April 16. The team will play a 24-game schedule, with half the games at home, beginning in January.

The events center will be able to seat 6,000 after it is completed this fall. Ticket prices range from $4 to $15, King said.

The Chill's three players under contract so far are former Colorado State University stars Becky Hammon, Katie Cronin and Angie Gorton-Nelp.

King would not comment on a coaching candidate except to say he is talking seriously with a woman who formerly played in the Colorado market.

The six-team NWBL has other franchises in Birmingham, Ala. (Power), Chicago (Blaze), Houston (Stealth), Springfield, Mass. (Spirit) and Maryville, Tenn. (Fury).

The NWBL does not conflict with the more established WNBA. About 25 WNBA players, including Hammon, play in the NWBL.

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