Thunder to Help Ring in New Year

Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 28 – The Thunder will help Oklahoma City welcome the New Year for the fifth consecutive time, as the Thunder takes on the Phoenix Suns on Monday, Dec. 31 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tipoff for the game is at 7 p.m.; doors to the arena open at 5:30.

TICKETS: Fans can find tickets for the New Year’s Eve game on the NBATickets Resale Marketplace, the only Thunder-authorized source for fan-to-fan ticket sales. On game night, the Thunder will give away the final 50 pairs of Love’s Loud City tickets through the newly updated Kia Thunder Rewards Zone. Registration for the Rewards Zone begins at 4 p.m. on Monday; fans can preregister starting today at THUNDER.NBA.COM. The first 50 fans to register at the Rewards Zone table on the north side of Chesapeake Energy Arena will receive free wings, courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway.

CENTER COURT GRILL: The arena’s newest restaurant, Center Court Grill, will open at 4:30 p.m. on Monday for fans with reservations. Located just inside the Grand Entrance near Section 115, Center Court Grill features grilled entrees, sandwiches and house-made barbecue. The restaurant will open to all ticketed guests when doors open. Reservations for Monday are filling up fast; fans attending the game are encouraged to call 405.601.4459 to secure a table for dinner.

ENTERTAINMENT: The game’s entertainment lineup will include several guests with local ties. Damien Williams of Edmond will perform the national anthem. Prior to the anthem, the Governor’s Honor Guard will present the colors, and Jon Chasteen of Victory Church will give the invocation.

At halftime, Bello Brothers, an Italian duo who has performed with Cirque du Soleil, will showcase their acrobatic foot-juggling routine.

THUNDER CARES: The Thunder Cares Foundation auction will take place outside of Section 120 on the arena’s main concourse. The auction will feature autographed Thunder memorabilia, including a team-signed ball. Other autographed sports items will also be up for bids. The auction will begin when doors open at 5:30 and end at the completion of the third quarter. Fans with winning bids will have until 20 minutes after the game to claim their items. Thunder proceeds for the auction benefit the Thunder Cares Foundation, which supports the team’s community-outreach programs.

COMMUNITY HERO: The Thunder and Devon Energy will honor Max Dobson as the Devon Community Hero for December at Monday’s game. For 46 years, Dobson has served as a coach, athletic director and teacher at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. In addition to shaping young lives on the baseball diamond and the basketball court, Dobson has served the community by organizing physical education classes for special-needs children.

TUNE IN: The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Oklahoma (OKC Cox 37/722 HD), starting with the “Thunder Live” pregame show at 6:30 p.m. Fans can also tune in on the 14-station Thunder Radio Network, led by WWLS-The Sports Animal, 98.1 FM in Oklahoma City.