Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is laying out their game plan and asking Suns fans not to greet the players at Sky Harbor Airport if the team wins the championship on the road.
Airport officials have announced there will no opportunities for fans to see and interact with players and coaches at the airport when the team arrives back in Phoenix after NBA Finals games.
“The airport is working with Phoenix Police and the Suns organization, and for reasons of safety and security, the arrival plan for the players is going to be different during the Finals,” said Greg Roybal, public information officer for the airport.
“We encourage fans to look for organized Suns events where they might have the opportunity to better cheer on the team.”
Each of the Suns’ clinching series have occurred on the road this postseason.
On July 1st, after the team’s victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers that secured the team’s spot in the Finals, the franchise’s first in nearly three decades, hordes of fans came to welcome the team back to the Valley.
The unplanned celebration also forced the Arizona Department of Transportation to shut down exits to prevent fans from stopping on the shoulder of Interstate 10.
If the Suns capture their first championship in their 53-year franchise history, authorities are urging fans to wait for a planned event to celebrate.