The end of October is quickly approaching, and pretty much everywhere you look in the OKC, people can be seen singing, dancing and shouting "KD for President!"
While that visual may or may not be entirely accurate, there is still a great reason to celebrate on the streets of Oklahoma City. It's Thunder season.
There are 82 regular-season games scheduled from late October to mid-April, and Oklahoma City has you in the lineup for every single one of them. Your schedule is listed below.
Warm Ups: Find your locker - or just a great parking spot - as nearly 30 lots in the downtown area are available for parking for a Thunder game. Stretch your legs as you take some laps over to Tapwerks for half-price appetizers and $2 domestic drafts starting at 4 p.m. and lasting through the entire game. Deep Deuce Grill also has happy hour every day from 4 to 7 p.m. and provides team transportation on the Thunder Party Bus. The bus will take fans to and from the arena at no charge. In November, April and through the playoffs, Thunder Alley on the north side of the Chesapeake is a hot spot that will get you game-time ready with a beer garden, merchandise trailer, and activities and games for all ages. You might even get the chance to snap a picture with your favorite Thunder Girl! The arena opens 90 minutes before tip-off for fans to head inside for more food, drinks, and a chance to catch some autographs from players or Thunder Girls on the lower level.
Game Time: Have you ever seen an acrobatic bison that is concealed by smoke spill onto a basketball court after hanging from the ceiling and create a sound of rolling thunder with his two front hooves? Well, you're about to! Rumble and a booming sound of thunder will get your blood pumping and your heart racing as the clock starts. Keep yourself energized during the game, with a wide array of vendors providing burgers, dogs, pizza, nachos, ice cream, beer and mixed drinks. The Thunder Girls, Rumble, and the Rain Drops will show you their moves during halftime and timeouts, but be on your guard for the Kiss Cam and the Ballon Blaster as they will test your skills at every level. If you're a younger player, the third level's Loud City has a play drawn up just for you with activities such as caricatures, face painting, fan mail, photo booths and spirit stations.
Post-game: After the game, cool down at KD's with a Thundertini or head to Fuzzy's Taco Shop for a selection of special Thunder-themed drinks. Henry Hudsons is slated to have some great game-day specials for entertainment following the action, or you can dive into The Melting Pot for half-priced cheese and chocolate fondue, and specialty drinks. The Bricktown Brewery also has a great beer selection and a delicious Thunder Blue drink. For players that are 16-and-under, the court will be opened up after every Sunday game for you to practice your free-throws.
Reserves: If you're sitting this game out or didn't travel with the team, there is still plenty of fun to be had in OKC. Henry Hudsons, Tapwerks, KD's, and Deep Deuce Grill have televisions ready for you to watch each and every game with all of your closest Thunder teammates. OKC's very own food truck park, Bleu Garten, is even winterizing their venue for Thunder watch parties and after parties.
Yes, the Thunder season is finally here, and Oklahoma City has enough uniforms for everyone to get in on the action. Whether you are at the game or watching from afar, the only play you need to know is that there is not a bad seat in the house. Our fans are unparalleled and the atmosphere is out of this world. We were even nominated for USA Today's10 Best NBA Destinations (vote here!) Make sure you get in the game as Oklahoma City hits the hardwood on Wednesday, October 29th in Portland against the Trailblazers at 9:30 pm CST. The Thunder holds home-court advantage for the first time on Saturday, November 1st with a 7 pm tip-off against the Nuggets. Thunder Up!