NaLyssa Smith believes everything is about to change for her and many others.

Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark together.

Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark together.LAPRESSE

Caitlin Clark has already revolutionized women’s college basketball thanks to a legendary career at the University of Iowa. Now, it’s her turn to make a lasting impact in the WNBA.

As the first overall pick, expectations are sky-high for her debut season with the Indiana Fever. While the team is hopeful that Clark will bring trophies to the franchise, her teammates are thinking even bigger.

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Fever forward NaLyssa Smith recently spoke about the type of impact Clark will have, even immediately.

We used to play in a barn, with six fans. Now we’re going to be playing in sold out arenas. People are moving arenas to watch us play, it’s just going to be huge for us this year.

The barn that Smith is referring to is Indiana Farmers Coliseum, where the Fever played a majority of their home games during the 2021 season and have played at in other seasons. That arena only holds 6,800 spectators.


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The Fever have also played home games at Hinkle Fieldhouse, which holds 9,100 people. The entirety of the 2024 home schedule for the Fever is expected to be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, which has a capacity over 17,000.

Clark is going to draw an impressive amount of fans to games, which should help the franchise and the WNBA make more money, helping all of the players in the process.