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Pregame pyrotechnics out for Warriors’ home opener in wake of wildfires

The Golden State Warriors will not employ pregame pyrotechnics ahead of Wednesday’s season- and home-opening game against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. The Warriors believe such a display wouldn’t be appropriate amid the ongoing tragic circumstances surrounding the Northern California wildfires, according to what a team source told the San Francisco Chronicle.

As noted in the report, the pregame pyrotechnics routinely employed by the Warriors at Oracle are among the most elaborate in the NBA. But with at least 41 dead amid the fallout from the natural disaster that has devastated the region, the team opted to forgo such a demonstration, for arguably obvious reasons.

The Warriors, along with other Bay Area sports organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders and San Jose Sharks, announced last week a collective donation of $450,000 for wildfire relief.

“The North Bay is a large part of our Warriors family and we’re devastated by what they are enduring at this time,” said Warriors President and COO Rick Welts said in a press release, via the team’s official site. “We are joining forces with the rest of our sports community to help relief efforts and encourage any fans who are able to help by donating as well.”