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Thunder Alley: Readers share thoughts on what changes they'd make

We asked readers to tell us what they thought about the changes to Thunder Alley — the pregame festivities will continue, but the watch parties will cease — and Thunder fans were not shy with their opinions.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 27, 2012

Dwight Journey: “If New York City can control Times Square on New Year's Eve, Oklahoma City can control Thunder Alley after a playoff game.”

James Penisten: “There are stupid people in the world, and I don't know what anyone can do about that. As a citizen, I would rather be allowed to go down there and run the one-in-a-million chance of being shot than to be told in the outright that I just can't go there.”

DH: “Don't take away the thrill of the game. We love our sports and our state. We are proud of what the Thunder has done, and why shouldn't we be able to participate in the festivities? Why should we punished for something stupid?”

Tom Benson: “Police, security barriers to close off streets, bringing in vendors — all of that is really expensive. There may be some ways to offset those costs with sponsorships or admission fees. So, is it worth it? I answer that question with a question — isn't this why OKC passed MAPS to begin with? To bring vitality downtown and get the community united and excited about a team?”

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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