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Disney on Ice disrupts WNBA Finals

Star, The Atlanta Dream mascot hangs out at mid-court before the game against the Seattle Storm of the Seattle Storm at Philips Arena on June 14, 2013
Star, the Atlanta Dream mascot, won't be hanging out at Atlanta's normal mid-court.
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The Atlanta Dream are back in the WNBA Finals for the third time in four seasons, but when they host the Minnesota Lynx in the championship series, they’ll do so in an unfamiliar arena — because Disney on Ice bumped the Dream from their regular home floor.

The Finals tip off in Minneapolis this Sunday at the Target Center, followed by Game 2 next Tuesday. Then the series shifts back to Atlanta for Game 3 on Oct. 10 and Game 4 (if necessary) on Oct. 13.

But because "Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate!" has Philips Arena booked Oct. 9 to 13, the Dream will have to play their games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, about 30 miles outside the city.

The 13,000-seat arena opened in 2003 and should have plenty of room to house the Dream’s fans, and then some. The team’s most recent home game — an 84-79 win over Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals — drew an announced crowd of 4,238.

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When it’s not hosting relocated WNBA Finals games, the Arena at Gwinnett Center is home to the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL and the Atlanta Steam of the Lingerie Football League. It was previously the home of the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League and also hosts the Georgia state high school basketball championships.

Two nights before Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, the Dalai Lama will be giving a public address at the arena.

Tickets to the Dream's two "home" games go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday and range from $13 to $103, so you better get in line now. Game 5, if necessary, would be back in Minneapolis on Oct. 16.

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