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WNBA’s new Golden State team reveals nickname ahead of 2025 inaugural season

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The WNBA’s new Golden State franchise has found its identity.

The team will be known as the Golden State Valkyries, as the league’s first expansion team since 2008 revealed their name, brand and look on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. The Atlanta Dream was the last franchise to be added to the WNBA. 

Valkyries is a name that comes from Norse mythology, and it fits perfectly with their affiliate team: the Golden State Warriors. 


A detail of the WNBA logo is seen on the basketball during opening tipoff between the Seattle Storm and the Connecticut Sun at Climate Pledge Arena on June 20, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.  (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The team’s press release said that in Norse mythology, Valkyries are "warrior women who are fearless and unwavering," and that’s what they want to be on the court. 

"This moment is so much bigger than Golden State. It's so much bigger than the Valkyries," Valkyries president Jess Smith told "GMA." "What we are seeing happening in women's sports right now is just the beginning of the sustainability and incredible growth around the game and to have expansion in the W."

The Valkyries, though, won’t be kicking off their inaugural campaign on Tuesday like the rest of the league. They will begin in 2025 at the Chase Center in San Francisco. 

As for the team’s color scheme, "Valkyrie Violet" was chosen along with black. Valkryie Violet was chosen to symbolize "power, ambition, nobility and women’s empowerment."

A detail of the WNBA logo is seen on a basketball during warmups between the Seattle Storm and the Connecticut Sun at Climate Pledge Arena