Thunder Gears Up for Opening Night on Oct. 27

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 21, 2010 – As excitement builds for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Opening Night game to launch the 2010-11 season of Thunder Basketball, good seats are still available for the Wednesday, Oct. 27, match-up against the Chicago Bulls.

A limited number of tickets, starting as low as $10, have been released in Love’s Loud City. To purchase seats, go online to THUNDER.NBA.COM.

In addition to heart-racing NBA action, Opening Night promises plenty of entertainment. The party atmosphere of Thunder Alley will begin outside the Oklahoma City Arena at 5:30 p.m., featuring a live performance by rock-pop recording artist and Oklahoma City native Graham Colton. Thunder Alley has something for the entire family, including $1 Budweiser beers, inflatable games, face-painting and a basketball court.

The game’s halftime entertainment will feature 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 Oklahoma City Arena box office, with the raffle drawing to be held one hour before the Thunder’s 7 p.m. tip-off against the Bulls. Complimentary food at the Thunder Rewards Zone will be provided courtesy Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway.

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.