Fans Urged to Wear Blue, Arrive Early Wednesday

Oklahoma City, Oct. 25, 2010 – Thunder fans coming to Wednesday evening’s Opening Night game against the Chicago Bulls are asked to be in their seats at least 30 minutes before the 7 p.m. tipoff to greet the team as the players take the court. With excitement building for the launch of the 2010-11 season, fans are also encouraged to show their Thunder pride by wearing blue.

A limited number of tickets remain available in Love’s Loud City. To purchase seats, go online to THUNDER.NBA.COM.

In addition to heart-pounding NBA action, Opening Night promises plenty of entertainment. The party atmosphere of Thunder Alley will kick off outside the north side of the Oklahoma City Arena at 4 p.m., featuring a performance by pop recording artist and Oklahoma City native Graham Colton, who will unveil a special song for Thunder fans. Music will also be provided by Avenue, an Oklahoma City rock band.

Thunder Alley has something for the entire family, including $1 Budweiser beers, inflatables, interactive games, face-painting, caricature artists, a basketball court, a chance to buy Thunder gear and more.

The national anthem will be performed by Oklahoma City native and five-time Grammy-winning contemporary Christian singer Sandi Patty. A 2004 inductee into the Gospel Hall of Fame, Patty’s legendary career has included three platinum-selling records and five gold records.

The game’s halftime entertainment will be performance painter David Garibaldi, renowned for his amazing created-before-your-eyes artworks. The painting he makes will later be auctioned to benefit the Oklahoma City Thunder Community Foundation.

Fans attending Opening Night will receive a Thunder magnet schedule compliments of Sprite.

The Thunder will also offer an opportunity for fans to win or buy tickets in Love’s Loud City on the day of the game. Under the Thunder Rewards Zone, 25 pairs of tickets will be given away via a raffle, while 75 pairs will be available for purchase following the raffle.

The promotion, which will take place before each home game, begins at 4 p.m. outside the Arena box office, with the raffle drawing to be held one hour before the 7 p.m. tipoff.

Before heading to the arena, the Thunder urges fans to check the latest information on construction work and traffic detours in downtown Oklahoma City. Updated info is available on THUNDER.NBA.COM.

If you can’t attend the game, you can catch it on TV on FOX Sports Oklahoma (37 Cox, 722 HD). Covering the hoops action will be Thunder broadcasters Brian Davis and Grant Long, sideline reporter Kelly Crull and in-studio analysis by Malik Rose.

Other Thunder News:

  • A new interactive seating map of the Oklahoma City Arena makes it easier for Thunder fans to see exactly what tickets are available for home games. The map can be accessed at THUNDER.NBA.COM under the option to buy single-game tickets.

  • Good seats are still available at THUNDER.NBA.COM for the Thunder’s Sunday, Oct. 31, home game against the Utah Jazz. In keeping with the Halloween date, fans can enter a costume contest, with participants competing for a $500 grand prize.

  • Beginning Opening Night, a new edition of Thunder Magazine will be on sale in the Oklahoma City Arena, at both Thunder Shop locations (the Arena and Leadership Square in downtown OKC) and metro area Homeland stores. The 68-page magazine includes a Chris Silva-penned story on how both the Thunder and Oklahoma City are “rising together,” as well as articles on Thunder Girls and the Thunder Community Foundation’s commitment to refurbish inner-city basketball courts.