The Oklahoma City Thunder joined the NBA as an expansion team in the 1967-68 season as the Seattle Supersonics. The Sonics franchise would have a turbulent start, failing to make the playoffs in each of the franchise’s first seven seasons. By the end of the 1970s the Sonics had found success. The team reached the NBA finals in 1977-78, but fell to the Washington Bullets. The following season Seattle would win its only championship in franchise history, knocking off those same Bullets. The Sonics were led on the court by Gus Williams, Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma, and off it by head coach Lenny Wilkins. After an up and down decade, the Sonics returned to prominence in the 1990s. Behind the play of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp Seattle rattled off six straight seasons with 55-plus wins, but was never able to capture a second title. After struggling through most of the 2000s, the Sonics completely rebuilt. In addition to moving to Oklahoma City, the Thunder traded away superstar Ray Allen and drafted future stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka. The Thunder have been atop the Western Conference for much of the team’s time in Oklahoma City. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for OKC Thunder basketball tickets.
2016 Thunder Season Preview
For the first time in 5 years, the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs last season. Superstar Kevin Durrant battled a foot injury all season, and fellow star Russell Westbrook also missed time due to injury. The 2015-16 Oklahoma City Thunder come in with new leadership, with the club bringing in one of the biggest names in coaching in Billy Donovan. The Thunder also signed highly touted rookie Cameron Payne, who will learn the point guard position under veterans Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin. But once again Oklahoma City’s chances will ride on the shoulders of Kevin Durrant. If Durrant can return to his MVP form of two seasons ago, the Thunder will once again be a threat to win the NBA finals.
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OKC Thunder Basketball at Chesapeake Energy Arena Address: 100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73102
The Thunder play their home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. When filled to capacity, Chesapeake Energy Arena holds more than 18,000 screaming fans. The Thunder’s home has recently undergone renovations to make it one of the best venues in the NBA for fans. The OKC Thunder home bench is on the Chesapeake Energy Arena court side in front of sections 116-117. Chesapeake Energy Arena parking information is covered in our Thunder event guide.
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers
This matchup dates back to when the Thunder played in Seattle, but has picked up even more steam in recent seasons. Overall, the two franchises have met over 225 times. The two teams have played in close contests that are often heated, which has led this to become an up-and-coming rivalry in the NBA.
Thunder vs. Mavericks
The I-35 rivalry has become one of the intense rivalries in the NBA, highlighted by the 2011 Western Conference Finals matchup. The Thunder were the up-and-coming team while the Mavs won the NBA title not long ago, but the Thunder have closed the gap in recent seasons. With both teams always fighting for position in the Western Conference, this rivalry will only continue to get better.
Thunder vs. Grizzlies
Two franchises with young, talented players led this matchup to become a rivalry that is on the rise the NBA. The Mavs and Grizz have met in the playoffs in recent seasons, which only increased the level of this rivalry. Often physical and heated, the intensity is hard to top and will only continue to grow in the seasons to come.
Thunder vs. Warriors
This rivalry has a chance to become of the better ones in the NBA, as both the Warriors and Thunder look to be two teams on the rise. The Thunder have had the upper hand in this matchup over the years, but the Warriors have shown they are quickly becoming a factor in the Western Conference which will only add to this rivalry.
The rivalry between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder has been come to be known as the Southwest Standoff. With the old Western Conference elite, the Spurs, finding a new competition in the new Western Conference elite Thunder, seeing Durant and Duncan on the court together is a true spectacle.
Thunder in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA playoffs
The Thunder have become one of the top NBA franchises in recent seasons and they have shown no signs of going away. Established in 2008, the Thunder have a Western Conference Championship under their belt and multiple division titles. Oklahoma City will only add to that number in future seasons.
Oklahoma City Thunder Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Thunder game?
Gates typically open to the general public 90 minutes before a Thunder game. The Thunder have burst onto the NBA landscape in Oklahoma and have some of the most passionate fans in the NBA. This passion makes pre-game at Chesapeake Arena one of the best anywhere and definitely worth getting to the game early to experience.
Can I buy Oklahoma City Thunder season tickets?
Oklahoma City season tickets are available to buy until tipoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Thunder season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Where are good places to eat prior to a Thunder game?
Oklahoma City has a few great steakhouses, Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse are two of the best. For a unique atmosphere check out Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar. Located in Bricktown and only a short walk to Chesapeake Arena, Nonna’s is often filled with Thunder fans. For a more down to earth dining experience, visit S&B’s Burgers or Classen Grill.
Where is the best place to park at Chesapeake Arena?
Parking at CA is spread out through a number of garages. The closest lot is underneath the Cox Convention center; it has about 1000 spots and is normally $6. Another convenient parking garage is the Sante Fe Garage. It is located farther north on E.K. Gaylord Boulevard, is usually less packed, and is normally $5. Bricktown also has available parking, mostly in the $5 range. Some Thunder fans recommend parking at nearby Bass Pro shop and walking; this is a free option, but double check for towing and hours of operation signs.
How can I buy cheap Oklahoma City Thunder tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Oklahoma City Thunder tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Thunder tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Western Conference opponents, like the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, and Dallas Mavericks can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Thunder tickets near face value.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Thunder’s game?
Any child 3 and up will need a ticket to the game, make sure to bring proof of the child’s age if they are under 3 to ensure that they are let into the game.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 Oklahoma City Thunder schedule?
The Thunder 2015-2016 schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NBA. The Thunder play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference, which means games against the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz. Game times are announced by the NBA as soon as the TV schedule is set. Oklahoma City Thunder’s home opener against the Utah Jazz is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Thunder news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Oklahoma City Thunder team roster.