Mood electric as Seattle Storm, fans celebrate third title

    Hundreds of fans crowded into downtown Seattle as the Seattle Storm paraded through the city. Trolleys full of coaches and players chugged along down Broad Street in front of the Storm faithfully. The title secures Seattle’s spot atop the Women’s Basketball World! Not only is the Storm the number one team in the WNBA, but in the city as well. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Sunday that the city will be changing the name of one of the streets outside KeyArena to Seattle Storm Way. (Image: Ryan McBoyle / Seattle Refined)

    SEATTLE — Fans are whooping and cheering as they celebrate the Seattle Storm's third WNBA championship during a parade and rally.

    The mood was electric Sunday as trolleys carried players and coaches on a route that began at the Space Needle and arrived at KeyArena just as the rain fell.

    Aboard one trolley, Storm forward Breanna Stewart pumped the championship trophy into the air and smiled. It was just one of three trophies that the players displayed along the parade, one for each of the team's three titles.

    Fans in yellow and green jerseys lined the streets and later packed into KeyArena for rally with the team.

    Once there, Sue Bird ended her silence of whether she’ll retire from basketball.

    “That’s the plan, I’ll be back,” Bird said to host Elise Woodward in front of hundreds of fans.

    The announcement comes after days of shrugging off the question since winning the WNBA Championship.

    “It’s really special to win, but to bring a championship to the city and share it with them, it’s amazing,” said Bird, while riding a trolley down Broad Street, holding a championship trophy.

    The Storm swept the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, winning Game 3 98-82 in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday.

    “Not only is the Storm the number 1 team in the WNBA, but the city is as well,” said co-owner Ginny Gilder.

    Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan announced that Seattle will rename a street outside KeyArena, “Seattle Storm Way.”

    “I think it’s really important the Seattle Storm was the last team to play in the Key before we started it all over,” said Mayor Durkan.

    A team spokesperson said ‘Seattle Storm Way’ will be on 2nd Avenue between Thomas Street and Harrison Street.

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