The Houston Rockets are postponing “Travis Scott Day,” a promotion designed to celebrate the Houstonian rapper during Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, after at least eight died and 17 sustained injuries during Scott’s Astroworld Festival concert last Friday. Houston has reportedly yet to reschedule the promotion, which featured a themed t-shirt giveaway, and will hold a moment of silence for the victims before Wednesday’s game instead.
Wednesday marks Houston’s first home game since the tragic incident occurred, as the team went on a winless five-game road trip from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7. Rockets president of business operations Gretchen Sheirr cited the unfortunate timing as a primary reason for postponing “Travis Scott Day.”
“After what was a horrific tragedy last week, we felt it would have been insensitive and not the right time for us to move forward,” Sheirr told the Houston Chronicle. “Tonight, we’ll honor victims with a moment of silence to help our community heal.”
The Astroworld Festival became deadly after many of the nearly 50,000 attendees began surging toward the NRG Stadium stage while Scott was performing. Scott, a fixture in the Houston community and an avid Rockets fan, continued performing for 37 minutes after officials told him it was a “mass casualty event.”
Rockets players Kenyon Martin Jr. and No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green told The Undefeated they likely would’ve attended the Astroworld Festival if they weren’t on a road trip, giving them a stark reminder about life’s fragility.
“It was tough to hear,” Martin Jr. said. “I know Travis is a big part of Houston, and with sports he reps our team and our city. It’s just tough to hear about an event like that. He is trying to give back to our city and he has a tragic event like that. I just send my condolences to the family and things like that.
“No telling, but probably [me and my teammates] would have been there. It was just a lot of people and it wasn’t like [the crowd] could see what was happening with all those people. It’s tough to hear that. Their goal going out was just to have fun. They wanted to see Travis Scott and others that they wanted to see. And for life to end just like that is tough.”
The Rockets (1-9) host the Pistons (1-8) in a matchup of the 2021 NBA Draft‘s top-two picks, Detroit’s Cade Cunningham and Houston’s Green, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.