Heading to Oklahoma City (to see a OKC Thunder basketball game)
Do you hear the roar of that Thunder? And we’re not talking about a thunderstorm… We’re talking about the Oklahoma City Thunder, better known as the OKC. Oklahoma City’s professional basketball team is a force to be reckoned with in the NBA, so having the chance to see them in action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena is an opportunity that should never be passed up. From the pump up music, screaming fans, flashing lights, battles in the paint, slam dunks, and three-pointers, to pre-game autographs, halftime shows, and a winning celebration, the excitement lasts from tip-off to the final buzzer. If you’re heading to Oklahoma City for a game, here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your pregame, game, and postgame experience.
Getting to the arena
The Chesapeake Energy Arena is located at 100 W Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102, just off of I-40 in the middle of the Downtown area of Oklahoma City. The arena has more than 900 parking spots available for fans at the Cox Convention Center, parking generally costs around $8 per car. Public transportation is also available using the Metro Transit system.
Before heading to the game, consider stopping at one of the local restaurants close by to the arena. Bricktown Brewery and Ice House are great pregame spots for fans looking to grab a burger or beer before tip-off. If you would like to go straight to the arena, there are multiple restaurants, bars and concessions to take advantage of once inside. Chesapeake Energy Area is home to the Budweiser Brew House and Carvery, as well as the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club.
Bringing the kids along for the game? Take them to Sections 112-113 and 118-119 to give them the best opportunity to get autographs from the players before the game. Free face painting is available near Section 101 and 302, and don’t forget to check out the spirit stations (Section 101 and 322), photo booth (Section 312), and caricature station (Section 302).
Be sure to take your seats a few minutes before tip-off so you don’t miss the introduction of the starting line-ups as well as the singing of the National Anthem. You won’t have to worry about missing a minute of the action thanks to multiple vendors walking around throughout the stands selling beer, soda, and snacks. Look out of the “Love’s Kiss Cam” as it scans the crowd throughout the game. And, of course, don’t forget to post all your pictures and videos from the game using the OKC hashtag: #ThunderUp.
After the game, stick around to celebrate OKC’s victory with the rest of the crowd. Your kids might also be interested in taking part in the postgame free throw competition (only on Sundays)—any children between the ages of 16 and under are welcome to play.
Finally, for those over 21 who like to enjoy a few beverages during the game, be sure to visit the Budweiser Designated Drivers Booth located outside of Section 115 if you need a ride home. They will ensure that you get home safely.