It’s safe to say Oklahoma City is Thunder-struck. Playing to sell-out crowds, this team’s popularity is skyrocketing both locally and nationally. Want to get in on the Thunder action? Here’s your guide for how to Thunder Up in OKC.
Let’s start with your uniform. Clothes make the fan, and there are plenty of places around town to get proper Thunder gear. For official NBA-licensed merchandise, check out the Thunder merchandise shop in Chesapeake Energy Arena at 100 West Reno Avenue and online at okcthunder.com/shop. For locally designed clothes to get you in the spirit, check out Shop Good in Automobile Alley, Tree + Leaf and DNA Galleries in the Plaza District, the Okay See in Film Row or Blue Seven – Just OK on the north side of town.
If you’re heading to the game, you’ll want to give yourself a couple of hours to get downtown, park, eat a bite and find your seats before tipoff. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the game’s start time, and fans are encouraged to be in their seats 20 minutes prior to tipoff to Thunder Up and welcome the team onto the court. There are dozens of excellent eating options downtown and in the Bricktown Entertainment District, which is a short walk east of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Before select games in the fall and spring, join the family-friendly fun on Reno Avenue for Thunder Alley. The festivities begin three hours prior to tipoff and include games, face painting and entertainment. Check their website at okcthunder.com for specific dates.
Beyond basketball, Chesapeake Energy Arena is buzzing with activities on game day. Love’s Loud City has face painting (section 302), a photo booth (section 312), spirit stations for sign making and face tattoos (section 322) and more. There’s even a fan mail station (section 318) where fans can write letters to their favorite Thunder players, coaches or entertainers. And little ones won’t want to miss the OU Children’s Physicians Thunder Kids Zone (section 113) with shooting courts and other games perfect for younger fans.
LAST MINUTE TICKETS
You can now search all available tickets for Thunder home games at once, including tickets on sale from the team and tickets sold by other fans. Visit okcthunder.com/tickets to select from all available authentic tickets in one place, knowing that your transaction will be official, fast and secure.
LOCAL VIEWING GO-TO GUIDE
If you’re not one of the lucky 18,203 fans with tickets, you can still have fun watching the game with local fans. There’s RePublic Gastro Pub in Classen Curve, Bleu Garten Food Truck Park in Midtown, Empire Slice in the Plaza District, Sauced in the Paseo Arts District or Urban Johnnie in Deep Deuce, just to name a few.
POST GAME FUN
Looking for somewhere to celebrate the Thunder victory? Head over to FLINT, the restaurant at the Colcord Hotel, for a drink at their bar or large outdoor patio. Red Piano, the swanky bar at the Skirvin Hilton, and WSKY Lounge, the whisky and cigar lounge in Deep Deuce, are some other popular spots for post-game cocktails. Or you can grab a beer at TapWerks or Bricktown Brewery in the Bricktown Entertainment District.
FANS HAVING FUN
For team updates and information, visit okcthunder.com, download the Thunder Mobile App, or follow the team’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@okcthunder). Fans can share photos and stories that show their support for Thunder Basketball on social media using #WeAreThunder and #ThunderUp.