Indiana Fever Makes Crucial Move To Protect Caitlin Clark Amid Massive Popularity

Former Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark will make her WNBA debut as the Indiana Fever start preseason play on Friday. 

Due to Clark’s massive popularity, the Fever made a significant change to the franchise’s travel plans this season. WNBA teams use commercial flights for financial reasons throughout the regular season, which has raised some concerns about the safety of players.

Clark spoke about the efforts to keep the players safe throughout the season.

“The Fever organization has done a really good job getting ahead of things,” Clark said.

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“There’s going to be a lot of security traveling with us. There will be certain plans of how we’re going to navigate going through airports and things like that. It’s not just for us; it’s for everybody in the WNBA. Everybody is dealing with the same thing.

“The Fever organization has a really great plan in place to keep everybody safe and keep things moving along as we’re traveling. The popularity of our league is continuing to grow, that’s a positive thing, too; you want people to be excited about our game.”

The Fever will travel with enhanced security this season to ensure the safety of all players. The WNBA has noted that chartered flights are not plausible but did allow chartered flights for all postseason games.

Clark was also asked if it would be an adjustment to fly commercials to games at the WNBA level.

“It will definitely be an adjustment,” Clark said of commercial travel. “At this point of my career and across the WNBA, it is what it is. I’m sure everybody would say that they would love to be flying charter all the time. That definitely would help a lot of problems.”

The Indiana Fever will travel to face the Dallas Wings in a preseason matchup on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT at College Park Center.

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