Both buildings are also built of strong stuff. The Chesapeake Energy Arena, for example, was built to codes requiring it to withstand sustained 80 mph winds, but other safety requirements also reinforce the building. Rules for fire safety mean it can withstand fires for hours before collapsing.
“The entire structure, with the exception of the roof, is either concrete block or poured-in-place concrete heavily reinforced with steel,” said Jeff Heinze, a plan review supervisor at the city's
Storm safety often boils down to personal responsibility, said city Emergency Manager Frank Barnes.
“You've got to know what the weather's doing and know what's happening in your environment,” Barnes said. “Maybe you need to start thinking about, ‘Do I really want to go to that event? And if I go there, what am I going to do if a tornado warning is issued?' That's part of individual responsibility. You have to know what you and your family are going to do.”
There's a precedent for unpredictable events moving NBA playoff games. Two playoff games involving the Clippers and Lakers were rescheduled during the Los Angeles riots in 1992, NBA spokesman Mark Broussard said.
The Clippers played their game on another day in Anaheim, Calif., and the Lakers played in Las
Ultimately, officials are confident the combination of planning and common sense will keep
“We always urge people to use caution and use good common sense,” Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said. “That's our message all the time.”