Hi there! I took my 18 year old daughter to Thunder Alley last night. Here are our impressions:
First off, our thoughts and prayers go out to last night's shooting victims. Terrible tragedy!
God's path for my daughter and me is AMAZING! We arrived downtown about 5 pm and actually headed over to the ballpark to park. But I didn't want to pay $10 for parking across from the ballpark and instead parked 2 blocks north of the arena.
That one decision may have saved us from being harmed as the shooting would have occured en route to our car!
GOD IS GOOD!
Since we arrived at Thunder Alley about 5:20, we had a ton of places to drop our lawn chairs and relax. We chose the area right next to the Cox Center with our backs pressed against the Cox Center walls.
This was a good decision until TONS of people kept walking in front of us. The people around us and I moved our chairs up about 1-2 feet thus creating a walkway behind us, problem solved!
We had a fun time watching the game, I wished they could have piped in the starting lineup intros to us (the ones that air on the scoreboard inside the arena).
Storm chasers did a good job of keeping people entertained during timeouts with t-shirts tosses but they should have had a few people on the roof of the Cox throwing some down for us far away from the stage.
The EMCEE Katie reminded everyone that this was a "family friendly" environment, she said it cause of weed floating around.
Even though some unsavory characters do come out at night, we stuck near Thunder fans and never felt threatened at all.
I did start some great chants including:
Russ-ell West-brook (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)
Kevin's Mom! Kevin's Mom (when they showed KD's mom on tv)
Fire-d to-morrow! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)(when they showed the Laker coach)
Scott-y Brooks! Scott-y Brooks!
Should have kept him! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) when they showed Derek Fisher
Sweat-y Euro-pean (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) when they showed Gasol
Serge I-ba-ka (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)
Family Friendly! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) when some dudes passed around a bottle of rum in Thunder Alley
KD's Mouth-Piece (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) when they showed KD take his mouthpiece out
Bark-ley's Come-ing! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) late in the game and us winning big
Drive Home Safely (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) late in the game and us winning big
Beat the Spurs! Beat the Spurs!
After the game, since we were on the West side of Thunder Alley, we just followed the crowd and got to our car just fine. We were in Moore when we first heard of the shootings.
GOD IS GOOD!!!