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Mercury see 2nd-highest attended game ever with Clark, Fever in town

Caitlin Clark (center left) and Diana Taurasi compete in the matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever on Sunday, June 30, 2024.
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Caitlin Clark (center left) and Diana Taurasi compete in the matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

Sunday's game between the Indiana Fever and the Phoenix Mercury was the highest attended WNBA game in Phoenix since 1997.

Indiana’s rookie phenom Caitlin Clark played in Phoenix for the first time Sunday, drawing the second most fans ever for a Mercury game. According to Ticketmaster, the lowest get in price for Sunday’s game was $55 before fees.

Clark has drawn a crowd in any city she plays in, as the Fever have the highest average attendance per game in the league. She said she looked forward to visiting the Valley for the first time.

"For me, it’s a unique experience getting to go to each city and soak it in," Clark said. "It’ll be very memorable as I go throughout my career remembering my first at every stop."

While it is not a guarantee that Clark will make the All Star Game in Phoenix later this month, it was announced in June that she was second in league-wide fan votes. The Allstar roster will be revealed Tuesday night.

Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark signs autographs for young fans holding “We love you #22′” signs and Iowa Hawkeyes jerseys before taking on the Phoenix Mercury.
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Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark signs autographs for young fans holding “We love you #22′” signs and Iowa Hawkeyes jerseys before taking on the Phoenix Mercury.

Keller Brown is an intern at KJZZ. He is currently a graduate student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, working toward a master's in sports journalism.