Oklahoma City Thunder by the Numbers

OKLAHOMA CITY, Thursday, April 15, 2009 – Over the past seven months, the Oklahoma City Thunder lit up the Ford Center and created memorable moments for fans across the state. Last night, on April 15, the Thunder closed its regular season against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 126-85 win. From moving trucks to Opening Night, from the first win to a historic inaugural season in the Ford Center, below is a quantitative sample of highlights from the Thunder’s first season.

  • Approximately 60 staff, coaches, players relocated with the team to Oklahoma City

  • Approximately 85 staff members were hired in Oklahoma City

  • 61 truckloads traveled 110,000 miles, carrying 786,000 pounds of freight

  • In 5 days the Thunder sold more than 13,000 season tickets

  • 41 homes games at the Ford Center, including 18 sellouts with an 8-game sell out streak during the final 4 weeks

  • The arena capacity was at 97.7 percent for the season, ranking the Thunder 9th in the League

  • Thunder is ranked 11th in the NBA in season attendance, with average attendance at 18,704

  • More than 49,500 free T-shirts were distributed to fans

  • End-zone fans waved a total of 22,000 McDonald’s Foam French Fries

  • Corporate partner giveaways, including 12,300 consumed Buffalo Wild Wings, totaled more than 115,000 items

  • Memorable in-game elements included 3 CNG Chesapeake Energy cars given away, 41 MidFirst half-court attempts, 2,200 Oklahoman parachutes dropped and 6 Thunder Community Heroes honored, presented by Devon Energy

  • 150 pairs of adidas sneakers given to students, courtesy of SandRidge Energy, for the holidays

  • Thunder players headed into the community for more than 233 appearances, including 80 school visits by players and the Rolling Thunder Book Bus

  • Nearly 5,000 tickets were donated to non-profit and community groups

  • More than 5,200 books where distributed through the Rolling Thunder Book Bus, presented by American Fidelity Assurance Company

  • The Thunder honored 41 local teachers with the American Fidelity Teacher of the Game award

  • The Thunder Girls appeared in 90 community events throughout the region

  • 35,200 total miles traveled by the team for road games

  • $100,000,000 amount of improvements coming to the Ford Center over the next two years

  • On Friday, April 17, Rumble the Bison will have completed 74 appearances since his debut 60 days ago