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A Guide to the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Franchise

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Find information on the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA franchise in this Oklahoma City Thunder Profile, with details on the history of the team, the Chesapeake Energy Arena, how to buy tickets, the schedule, the players on the roster, nearby hotels and much more.

Thunder Tickets & Promotions

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Among NBA teams, Oklahoma City Thunder tickets are some of the most difficult to find as the Chesapeake Energy Arena has been at or near capacity for the vast majority of the team's home games. Individual, single game ticket prices range from $10 in the terrace level up to nearly $300 on the lower level. In addition, the organization offers a season ticket waiting list, the "Thunder Rewards Zone" with available tickets on gamedays and several multi-game packages. Get all the details on how to purchase tickets, available plans, promotions and more.

2013-2014 OKC Thunder Schedule

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2013-2014 will be the team's 6th season in Oklahoma City. Coming off yet another postseason appearance, the Thunder is one of the NBA's hottest teams, and the schedule shows it. OKC will make 30 appearances on national television, more than just about any other team. Top games include the November 3rd home opener against Phoenix, a Christmas Day game in New York, the return of James Harden and the Rockets on December 29th and late season visits by the Lakers and Spurs. See the full schedule.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Visitors Guide

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The Oklahoma City Thunder plays its home games at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, located on Reno Avenue between Robinson and E.K. Gaylord, just north of I-40. Built in 2002, the Chesapeake Energy Arena is state of the art. The 586,000 square foot arena seats over 18,000 and features over 3000 club seats, 7 party suites and 49 private suites. Extensive renovations, including expanded amenities and suites, began in 2008 and will conclude with a re-designed grand entrance in 2012. Get a detailed look at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, with a map and driving directions.

Where to Park for Thunder Games

There is always inexpensive, convenient parking near the Chesapeake Energy Arena for Oklahoma City Thunder games, either short-term or long-term. If you're just in for one game, special event parking is available for $5. Get all the details on the best parking areas nearby, from covered garages to lots in Bricktown.

Meet the Thunder Players

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Almost everyone knows about Kevin Durant by now, an NBA superstar and the league scoring leader in back to back seasons, as well as star point guard Russell Westbrook. But what about Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and all the rest of the supporting cast? Get information on every member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, detailed profiles that include awards, how each was acquired and more.

Television & Radio

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Oklahoma City Thunder games can be found on television's new "Fox Sports Oklahoma" network. Previously known as "Fox Sports Southwest" in Oklahoma, the regional network carries 69 of 82 OKC games in 2013-2014 and reaches more than 1.5 million homes in the state. All of the games will be broadcast in HD. Veteran play-by-play announcer Brian Davis and former NBA player Grant Long make up the television broadcast team.

The other 13 Thunder games in 2013-2014 are exclusive national broadcasts on ABC or TNT. See the schedule above for details.

On radio, the Thunder signed an exclusive radio agreement with Citadel Broadcasting. All games will be broadcast on WWLS 640 AM and WWLS-FM 98.1 FM, known locally as "The Sports Animal."

Thunder Apparel and Merchandise

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Whether you're a Thunder maniac yourself or are looking for a gift to get that Oklahoma City Thunder fan in your life, you can purchase official team merchandise and apparel at several places other than at the game. Get information on where to buy your Thunder gear and gifts.

Rumble the Bison

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As the legend goes... "A great herd of American bison was lost in the Arbuckle Mountains during a ferocious storm - the kind only Oklahoma can produce." One bison saved all of his friends and was struck by lightning. The bolt changed him, and he began to walk on two legs with incredible strength and dexterity. Not until there arrived a group of players with similar qualities, the Oklahoma City Thunder, did he finally feel like he fit in. So he joined the team. And now, he's a highlight of Thunder games, also available for birthday parties and other events.

The Thunder Girls

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Oklahoma City hosts Dance Team auditions each summer. Any woman 18 or older is able to audition. For the 2013-2014 NBA season, the team named the "Thunder Girls" after final auditions held at Riverwind Casino in Norman. Get information on this year's Thunder Girls and find out how to buy the Thunder Girls Calendar.

Dining and Entertainment Near the Chesapeake Energy Arena

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The Bricktown entertainment district is immediately east of the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and there are a number of excellent restaurant and entertainment options there. Get all the details on Bricktown.

Hotels Near the Chesapeake Energy Arena

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If you're flying in for an Oklahoma City Thunder game, you might want to look at a hotel near the airport, but for those looking to stay just a short walking distance from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, there are several excellent choices, including the pictured historical Skirvin (which some New York Knicks players famously blamed for a loss to the Thunder in early 2010 due to it being supposedly haunted). Get details on the best nearby hotel options.

Franchise History

The history of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA franchise begins with an unlikely scenario following a catastrophic natural event. The New Orleans Hornets were forced to temporarily relocate after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. OKC stepped up and exceeded expectations by fervently supporting the young team during their two year stay. A powerful message was sent. Oklahoma City was ready for the big leagues. The Hornets returned to rebuilding New Orleans, and OKC would be left hoping for an NBA opportunity. It came when a group of OKC-based investors purchased the Seattle SuperSonics from Starbucks mogul Howard Schultz in 2007. After a funding & legal battle in Seattle, a settlement was reached and the team approved for relocation to Oklahoma City.

Also, get detailed season capsules with information on each year's final record, playoff results, draft picks, key additions, losses and notable achievements/awards.

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