UPDATE on July 6 at 11:18 a.m. PT: The NBA announced that UNLV’s arenas are safe to play in. So the Wizards game will go on as planned. Yes!
After thorough structural surveys were completed this morning, Thomas & Mack and Cox have both been deemed safe to open.— NBA (@NBA) July 6, 2019
With that assurance, @NBASummerLeague action will resume as scheduled at 3:00pm/et. pic.twitter.com/MM2E4a3oyA
On Saturday evening (or late night in Washington time), a strong earthquake hit California, just about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. People in Las Vegas were able to feel the earthquake as well, where an NBA Summer League game between the Pelicans and Knicks was postponed at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
I was at the Mystics game at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the southern part of the Las Vegas Strip. That game was postponed as well.
My family and friends texted me and I was fine. But as a D.C. area native, I’m startled when earthquakes happen. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Washington on Aug. 23, 2011 was the first one I ever felt in my lifetime. And yes, the earthquake I felt during the Mystics vs. Aces game gave me similar chills.
I’ve also been asked about what will happen to the Wizards’ Summer League games. For now, they are still going to go on as scheduled.
As of now, NBA Vegas Summer League on Saturday are still on schedule. But league/officials need to make sure buildings/courts are safe for players/fans.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 6, 2019
Obviously, there’s a chance that the games are postponed a day or canceled by the time I wake up on Saturday morning (or afternoon for our readers in D.C.) But we shall see what happens. For the time being, nothing has changed drastically with life at the Mandalay Bay as I type this.
But at the same time, natural geologic events are going to happen whenever they are going to happen. Player safety should always come first with these types of things.