The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today in a statement that Thunder games will no longer be shown outside of the Chesapeake Arena in Thunder Alley in light of the shooting after Game 5.
Here is the official release below:
Thunder fans will continue to have a pregame opportunity to gather in Love’s Thunder Alley outside Chesapeake Energy Arena prior to the Thunder Western Conference Finals home games, but the event will conclude when the game begins. The Thunder will no longer show the game broadcast on the video board outside the arena.
Love’s Thunder Alley, an outdoor block party along Reno Ave, will begin three hours prior to tipoff and will end when the game starts. It includes music, games, food and drink, face painting for kids, Thunder merchandise sales and the Thunder Rewards Zone, a game-day opportunity to win or buy remaining game tickets.
The Thunder encourages fans to arrive early and enjoy Love’s Thunder Alley prior to the game. “It’s a chance in a safe, family-friendly environment for our fans to embrace the Thunder experience and get ready for the game. For those with tickets, they can enter the arena when doors open. Other Thunder fans can enjoy the pregame entertainment and then go to their favorite viewing establishment to watch the game,” said Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president of Corporate Communications and Community Relations.
The Thunder have some of the best fans in the NBA and it was rumored that upwards of 10,000 people watched Game 5 against the Lakers just outside of the arena.
Eight people were injured in the shooting that police say was not related to the game.
The next Thunder home game will be Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday, May 31.