Forget Disney World, the Minnesota Lynx went to Paisley Park for a private concert thrown by Prince following their blowout victory over the Indiana Fever to win Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, thus securing their third championship in the last five years.
According to the Star Tribune, Prince attended the game and then threw the three-hour party – that lasted until 4 a.m. – for about 150 Lynx players and staff. The paper says Prince, who serenaded Madonna at his Chanhassen studio last week, played classic hits like "Purple Rain," along with new songs from his latest album, "HITnRUN." He also slowed things down with cover jams like Bill Withers' "Use Me."
Maya Moore told the paper the party was "unbelievable," as she and teammates were invited on stage to dance.
Championship parade details
The championship party will take a break Thursday and then pick back up Friday as the Lynx celebrate with a parade through downtown Minneapolis. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at 12th and Hennepin before traveling north down Hennepin and then west at 7th Street all the way to Target Center.
Target Center doors will open at 11:30 a.m. as well, inviting fans inside for free to welcome the Lynx back for an extended celebration that will include a video commemorating the season, along speeches from players and coaches.
Vikings in attendance
Vikings players, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and tight end Kyle Rudolph, sat in courtside seats during the game. Bridgewater said it was his first Lynx game.
Vikings wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson captured video of the postgame celebration from a suite.