No Fans Allowed: Oklahomans React To Thunder Decision


Tuesday, March 2nd 2021, 10:28 pm
By: Feliz Romero


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Loud City will remain silent until the next NBA season as the Thunder announces fans will not be allowed in the Peake.

The Thunder said after looking at what it would take to bring fans back there are just too many obstacles in the way.

Season ticket members got an email Tuesday reading "We have made the final decision to not host fans for the balance of the 2020-21 season."

The press release went on to say the ultimate factor was the "Overall health and safety of our fans and our community."

“I think it’s awesome that they are taking that into consideration. It is such a social event, but I think it’s great that they are being serious about it,” said Thunder fan Victoria Jones. 

Another fan was hoping they would allow spectators but have strict social distancing rules.

“If there are no fans the players aren’t going to have the hype, so the games won’t be as good,” said Thunder fan Kathryn Krustin.

Erik Deloera, who proposed to his wife on the kiss cam, is sad to hear the news but said he understands both sides of the story.

“I can understand why they are doing it but it’s also hard because I see other teams that are allowing their fans in so it’s hard to see that. It’s kind of a 50/50 thing,” said the owner of Senor Shots.

From the economic side of things, he does not foresee much changing. He said people are already staying in and it would not have been at full capacity anyway.

“People don’t go out as much anyways as it is so I think it will hurt a little but regardless they were only going to let in 25% or 50% so it’s not like it would have been a normal game day,” he said.