Shock Fans React To News Of Team's Future Relocation
TULSA, Oklahoma - It was a different atmosphere at the BOK Center for Kids Day. Many Shock fans were very sad.
"We hate it. It's like coming to a funeral today; that's why we wore Black,” said Mary Levilain. “It's really sad we've been here all these years. We're finally getting there and then somebody decides, ‘oh, now we're marketable; let's move them.’"
Levilian wasn’t the only Shock fan that felt like she was attending a funeral. “I don't even feel excited. I feel more like we're going to a funeral, in fact, I'm surprised I can talk without crying," explained Valerie Buggan.
The Shock's average attendance is still below the league average despite increases every year. It remains to see how loyal fans react to what could be a lame duck season.
Shock coach Fred Williams is trying to keep the team in playoff contention throughout the off-court drama. "I wouldn't call it a funeral because we still have games to play,” said Williams. “I think for some of the fans, I can't speak for them, but I know their heart is really into it and we are too."
Shock forward Plennette Pierson says she’s trying not to think about it. “I'm really just trying to fulfill the things that are in contract and those are things that I can't worry about, distractions,” she stated.
Some fans are still holding out hope the team will stay since the WNBA Board of Governors still has to approve the news. “I don't understand why they’d go to Texas. I don't think they're going to get the support that they have here," said fan Stella Waters.
But, if this is the end, the Shock has nine home games left.