It’s a sad day for Oklahoma City Thunder fans. Thunder Alley as we know it is over! Due to the shootings that occurred after the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game 5 series clinching win against the Los Angeles Lakers, there have been a lot of rumors going around about whether or not Thunder Alley would remain open. It was confirmed on the OKC Thunder Twitter page today that it will only remain open for pregame festivities and fans will not be able to watch the game together on the huge outdoor screen. While the shooting was said not to be related to the game, it has caused a huge safety concern for the fans. Here’s the tweet from the Thunder: “@okcthunder Love’s Thunder Alley pregame party to continue, but will end when games start. We will no longer show games outdoors. Thanks, Thunder fans!”
The Thunder, city officials, and the Oklahoma City police were said to be working together to develop a plan that would allow fans to continue to enjoy Thunder Alley while making sure everyone is safe, but it doesn’t look like that plan will allow for Thunder fans to enjoy watching the games together on the big screen.
Originally, quotes from OKC mayor Mick Cornett made it seem that Thunder Alley would be coming to an end for good. ”The city manager and I spent some time with the police chief and many members of our security detail (Monday),” said Cornett. “We came to the conclusion that the manner in which what we have known as “Thunder Alley” has taken place and continued to grow just can’t continue.”
It’s very unfortunate that two kids, reportedly 16 and 19-years old, would be the reason that the wonderful fans of OKC will no longer be able to gather together in Thunder Alley and support our Team.
What’s your thoughts?