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Updated Jul 18, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Phoenix to host WNBA All-Star Game this weekend

In this June 3, 2014, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) shouts in celebration after scoring against the Seattle Storm during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Phoenix. After a difficult first season in the WNBA, the former Baylor star is blossoming into the player everyone thought she would be. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX -- Traffic may be a bit heavier in downtown Phoenix this weekend as the city plays host to the WNBA All-Star Game.

"We're very proud as a city to be hosting the WNBA All-Star (Game)," said Jason Rowley, president of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. "It's the first time it's been this far west since we hosted it all the way back in 2000."

Phoenix will not only welcome the game, but several events as well. An open practice was held from 3-5 p.m. Friday along with the All-Star Fan Fest from 4-9 p.m.

The game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday and features some local talent.

"We're really excited about having Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree representing the Mercury," said Rowley. "Out of a 12-woman roster, there's three Mercury players, so we're really proud about that."

KTAR's Lauren Grifo contributed to this report.

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