Air conditioning fixed at AT&T Center; electrical issue blamed
Teams, fans sweated through Game 1 of NBA Finals
The air conditioning has now been repaired at the AT&T Center after the Spurs, Miami Heat and thousands of fans sweated through a sweltering Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Temperatures were said to be close to 90 degrees on the court and even hotter higher up.
The Spurs persevered to a 110-95 victory, but fans posted about the heat on KSAT 12's Facebook page.
Diana Saenz said her family was "using our noisemakers to fan ourselves."
In an emailed statement, Spurs Sports and Entertainment wrote: "The electrical failure that caused the AC system outage during Game 1 of the NBA Finals has been repaired. The AC system has been tested, is fully operational and will continue to be monitored. The upcoming events at the AT&T Center, including the Romeo Santos concert tonight, the Stars game on Saturday night and Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, will go on as scheduled. We apologize for the conditions in the arena during last night's game."
It was still warm in the Spurs fan shop around noon Friday and one employee had his pant legs rolled up to cope with the heat.
Shopper Laura DeLaGarza said it was no big deal.
"If you're from San Antonio, you're used to the heat," DeLaGarza said.
NBA attorney Anil George said he knew that the Spurs would fix the air conditioning.
"As I was walking over here, I noticed a bunch of maintenance people," George said. "The team seems to be right on."
The people who perhaps heard the most about the air conditioning problem was Champion A/C, a Spurs sponsor.
Benjamin Hubbert, Champion A/C president, said there was a bit of confusion.
"We're a proud sponsor, we love the Spurs," Hubbert said. "We don't service the air conditioning. We don't service the AT&T Center. We're a residential AC and heating company."
He said they got a lot of grief anyway.
"(Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) called me direct and wanted me to take out the AC because he knew LeBron James couldn't take the heat," Hubbert said. "'You guys need to get your stuff together. What are you doing?'"
Hubbert said he took it all in stride, but agreed James could not take the heat.
What about fans who had to swelter in their seats?
"Well, they need to compensate them," DeLaGarza said. "Maybe give them a free beer or something."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he did not have any concerns about the temperature in the arena Thursday night. He said no one was slipping and the referees were in control.
The system will be monitored throughout the weekend as the center sees a concert by Latin singer Romeo Santos on Friday night, a San Antonio Stars game on Saturday and Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat on Sunday.
It's not the first time electricity has had a significant impact on a championship event in recent years. The Super Bowl in 2013 between Baltimore and San Francisco was marred by a power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans, interrupting play for 34 minutes.
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