No plans for Thunder Alley watch parties have been made yet in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Thunder is applying for another permit for the Thunder Alley pregame carnival on game days outside Chesapeake Energy Arena. But the team and city say it's too early to know whether there will be playoff watch parties again.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: October 30, 2012
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A recent blockbuster trade notwithstanding, just about everyone expects the Thunder to make the playoffs again this year and every year for the foreseeable future.

But the team and Oklahoma City officials say it's too early to know if there will be playoff watch parties again in Thunder Alley.

The watch parties outside Chesapeake Energy Arena came to abrupt end after a May 21 playoff win when eight people were hurt in a Bricktown shooting with roots in Thunder Alley, turning out the lights on what had become an organic and boisterous expression of community support.

The growing crowds and limited security support in place led the team and city to agree to turn off the large screen affixed to the arena's exterior for the remainder of the team's NBA Finals run.

The team is seeking another permit to operate the pregame carnival portion of Thunder Alley during the regular season in a permit application up for approval at Tuesday's Oklahoma City Council meeting.

The regular season Thunder Alley celebrations have not traditionally included a watch party, and that will continue to be the case, team spokesman Dan Mahoney said.