OKLAHOMA CITY — Pre-game fun in Thunder Alley and the thousands who turn out to view the game outside the “Peake” have become the norm for the home play-off games in OKC.
But after Monday night’s shooting incident, city leaders, the Thunder and police are re-evaluating the home game festivities.
OKC Mayor Mick Cornett said things need to change.
“The manner is which we’ve known Thunder Alley just can’t continue. It’s grown too large. There are too many people in too confined an area,” Mayor Cornett said.
The Thunder’s Dan Mahoney tells us that pre-game festivities, which have always been the official “Thunder Alley,” will remain.
However, Mahoney said what may change is the outside viewing of the game.
“What we’ll look at is what happens after the game. We may not have the watch party anymore. We’re going to look at that and work with the police department,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney said safety is the team’s priority and will work with the city and police to make sure that is maintained.