Last season, I was lucky enough to experience Thunder games at the ‘Peake from two different vantage points: front row floor seats and last row Loud City seats. Before getting into the pros/cons of these seats, I'm sure you gUrls have a few questions, and as always, I'm happy to answer them.
“’Loud City’? What’s that?”
The entire Chesapeake Energy Arena has been nicknamed “Loud City” because it is one of the loudest arenas in the NBA. There’s also a seating area within the ‘Peake that is technically named “Love’s Loud City” (sponsored by Love’s travel stops*) and affectionately nicknamed “Loud City” or “the nose bleeds”.
“What's the point of this blog post? Floor seats are the best. Definitely better than Loud City, right?”
Not necessarily. There are pros and cons to both seating locations. So many pros and cons that this will be a multi-part series. So before you drop your life savings on season tickets next to the real MVP (KD’s mom), continue reading.
Part 1: Pros/Cons of.... THE VIEW
I recently took a trip with a friend to NYC and saw several Broadway musicals. One show starred Idina Menzel ("Adele Dazeem"/the voice of Elsa). We bought front row tickets because I wanted to be as close to Idina as her security guy would allow. So for two hours, I sat directly below her. I was looking up Idina’s nose. I could see her dental work. It was an amazing experience, but sometimes close can be too close.
The view while sitting in front row floor seats is incredible. You get to see all of your favorite Thunder players up close and personal (ahem, unless they're injured). You see the sweat on their brow. You hear them encouraging each other, yelling at each other, getting sassy with the refs… But sometimes close is too close.
Remember that sweat on their brow? Yeah, that sweat is also getting on you sometimes. When you yell at Perkins to get it together and make an easy jump shot, he can actually hear you. And then he looks at you and things get awkward real fast. There's no way you're getting the big picture of the game. Your focus has to stay directly on the ball because there’s a decent chance it could hit you in the face (check in for a later post on "Risk of Injury").
[No picture available because who takes a picture from Loud City?]
The view from Loud City is crappy. I rarely use the word "tippy", but Loud City is at the "tippy top" of the 'Peake. To actually see what’s going on, you need binoculars or you watch the jumbotron. But there's a major pro here: you can yell whatever the heck you want at Perk because he can't see you and there’s absolutely no way he can hear you!!!**
*We were in no way compensated for mentioning Love's travel stops, but we are not above it if anyone were to offer.
**My apologies to Vanity Perkins. I really do love your husband.