Oklahoma City Thunder announces COVID-19 protocols ahead of the season

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma City Thunder has announced its COVID-19 protocols ahead of the upcoming season.

Fans will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within the past 72 hours to attend at game inside the Paycom Center.

The Thunder also recommends that fans wear masks while inside the arena.

This policy will stay in place until at least the first 12 games. The policy could be extended. The policy will also be in place for the preseason game on Oct. 14 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

“As we continue to face serious health challenges from COVID-19, we must remain committed to protecting the health and safety of our community,” said Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett. “While there are no perfect answers, our health experts tell us the vaccine has proven to be effective in slowing the spread of this virus, including the Delta variant. We feel the best option to help keep our community safe is to make sure those who attend our games have a reduced chance of contracting or spreading the virus. We are in frequent consultation with our partners at OU Health, the NBA and other health experts and organizations to monitor the situation and we plan to evaluate the status of this policy for December and beyond.”

If you are attending games at the Paycom Center, you can show your vaccination cards or test results in person or upload them ahead of time through the Thunder mobile app.

Oklahoma Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, responded to the new requirements saying, “By requiring vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test, the Oklahoma City Thunder and its management are pushing an agenda of fear. Not only is this policy draconian, but it is also selfish because there is already a shortage of COVID-19 tests. Testing those without symptoms to attend a basketball game will only put more of a strain on the availability of the tests.”

You can read more about the COVID-19 protocols here.