SAN ANTONIO — Thanks to no air conditioning inside the AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and more than 18,581 fans are literally sweating out Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Fans began fanning themselves with placards and anything they could find early in the game to create a bit of a breeze inside the stifling arena that lost AC due to an electrical problem. With players needing extra rest, extra ice and resorting to putting cold, wet towels over their head, it took until the end of the third period for an announcement to address the situation.
Several reporters inside the building tweeted that the temperature in the building was rising into the upper 80s in the second half. At 10 p.m., it was 84 degrees outside.
Then came an official statement on behalf of Spurs Sports & Entertainment:
“An electrical failure for the power that runs the AC system in the AT&T Center has occurred. We are continuing to work on resolving the problem. We apologize for any inconvenience.”