Fans at the AT&T Center will notice some familiar faces missing when the 2018-2019 NBA season tips off, as the Silver Dancers organization appears to have been terminated.
Spurs Sports and Entertainment initially released the following statement announcing the formation of a new “hype team”:
The news the Silver Dancers would not be returning came primarily from members of the squad, in addition to local media who were contacted directly.
Close sources have confirmed to me the Spurs Silver Dancers are being cut from the organization due to a “lack of fan interest.” The team will hold auditions for “family friendly” Team Hype in the coming weeks. #Spurs
— Stephen M. Anderson (@thestephena_) May 19, 2018
The #Spurs Silver Dancers are no more. I am told the @SilverDancers were told tonight that the program was ending due to lack of fan interest & would be replaced with a larger co-ed team. The news does further explain the press release SS&E sent out today. #GoSpursGopic.twitter.com/8dNeAwSMBl
— Jason Minnix (@JasonMinnix) May 19, 2018
Multiple former Silver Dancers and fans made their displeasure heard on social media using the hashtags #LongLiveTheChaps.
The removal of the Silver Dancers marks the third woman’s program cancelled by SS&E in the last few months, with the other two being the organization’s WNBA franchise and San Antonio Rampage Ice Girls. SS&E still operates San Antonio FC (United Soccer League), San Antonio Rampage (American Hockey League), Austin Spurs (NBA G-League), and of course San Antonio Spurs (NBA).