Colorado Chill

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Colorado Chill
Founded 2003
Folded 2006
League National Women's Basketball League
Team history Colorado Chill
Based in Loveland, Colorado
Arena Budweiser Events Center
Colors Ice Blue, Black
Owner Dave King
Head coach Kelly Packard
Championships 2 (2005, 2006)
Division titles 3 (2004, 2005, 2006)
Mascot Rebound

The Colorado Chill were a professional women's basketball team playing in the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) from 2004 to 2006. Based in Loveland, Colorado. They were Colorado's second and longest-lived women's pro basketball team. The Chill won the final two championships of the NWBL, which folded in 2007.

In 2007, investors attempted to and failed to raise enough money so that the team could join the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the 2008 season.

Franchise history[edit]

The Chill played in all league championship game and won back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006. They were undefeated on their home court for 26 games until losing to the San Diego Siege on February 14, 2006. They compiled a 47-18 record for a .723 winning percentage and never finished out of first place in the regular season. Star players for the Chill included Ruth Riley, Katie Cronin, and Becky Hammon.

NWBL Team Records[edit]

Season W L Win % Result
2004 15 6 .714 Regular Season Champions
2005 16 8 .667 NWBL Champions
2006 16 4 .800 NWBL Champions


On June 19, 2006 the Chill's owner, Dave King, announced that the Chill would not participate in the NWBL's 2007 season. He said that the league and other owners owed him money, and that the league did not have adequate prospects for financial stability.[1] The league later disbanded before the 2007 season started, making the Chill the final champions.

2007: Attempt to join the WNBA[edit]

On March 16, 2007, King announced that he acquired most of the $15 million needed to revive the Chill as an expansion team in the WNBA for the 2008 season.[2] Kroenke Sports Enterprises, owner of the NBA's Denver Nuggets, expressed active interest in hosting some of the Chill's games, in Denver, at the Pepsi Center. On September 12, 2007, however, it was announced that the Chill would not be an expansion team for the 2008 season due to the lack of funds raised.