Ever since our boys in blue arrived in 2008, Oklahoma City has been Thunder-struck. Playing to sell-out crowds, winning four consecutive Northwest Division titles and advancing to the Western Conference Finals three out of the last five seasons, 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.
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.
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.
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 whiskey 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.
For more family-friendly post-game celebrations, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a cupcake from Pinkitzel or some classic candies from Bricktown Candy Company.
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 #GetUpGetLoud.