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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Discussions on whether to revive the watch parties for the playoffs haven't yet taken place.

“That's a long way away,” Mahoney said, referring to the start of the playoffs in April. “At this point, no, we would have no plans to do anything like that.”

Thunder Alley will consist only of the pregame carnival for now, with festivities ending when the game begins. It's also only a staple of games before and after the winter.

“We'll do several games at the start of the season in November. Once winter comes, we do not do an outdoor Thunder Alley,” Mahoney said. “But we'll resume it in the spring.”

Though the decision to shut down the watch parties after the May shooting was described by the team and city as jointly made, the city has the ultimate authority and can revoke the permit.

But city officials have said the decision to end the watch parties last spring doesn't necessarily mean they can't happen again, so long as a good plan is in place.