View Full Version : First Official Game in OKC: Tomorrow night! ROLL CALL!



OKCMallen
10-28-2008, 11:36 AM
Who's going?

metro
10-28-2008, 11:37 AM
metro and wife, check!

Luke
10-28-2008, 11:44 AM
I'm going down there tomorrow night hoping to get a couple of tix. Anyone have a couple extras? :)

betts
10-28-2008, 12:08 PM
I'm going with my husband and a bunch of friends. I'm very, very excited about this game.

Mr. T in OKC
10-28-2008, 12:31 PM
I'll be there with my girlfriend. I'm going to bring some Kleenex in case we get nose bleeds. (I think i'm actually on the very top row...lol)

Karried
10-28-2008, 01:24 PM
Hubby, myself and two boys ... no Ferret.

Luke, I only have one extra in 311 Row M ... I wish I had two.

Luke
10-28-2008, 01:51 PM
Luke, I only have one extra in 311 Row M ... I wish I had two.

It's the thought, right?

:)

SWOKC 4 me
10-28-2008, 02:11 PM
As of 3:10PM today (tuesday) there are still tickets available on Ticketmaster the least expensive I could find was $60 (+ fees).

LIL_WAYNE_4_PREZIDENT08
10-28-2008, 05:43 PM
Ill be sitting in this same chair watching on tv

CCOKC
10-28-2008, 08:43 PM
My brother and sister in law, my 2 children, my husband and myself. Section 103. (just rubbing it in a little bit)

Intrepid
10-28-2008, 10:39 PM
I'll be there, with my mom (it's her birthday Wednesday).

SoonerQueen
10-29-2008, 04:03 AM
I'm going to be at the game but you'll have to look really high up to see me.

andy157
10-29-2008, 04:35 AM
I'm going to be at the game but you'll have to look really high up to see me.So does this mean that you are no longer mad at the guys who own the Thunder, that own CHK, who opposed H.B. 1804, who support illegal aliens?

metro
10-29-2008, 08:09 AM
Luke, they are releasing 200-250 tickets at 5pm today at the walk up ticket counter at the Ford Center. They are allowing people to start lining up at 2pm.

Luke
10-29-2008, 08:12 AM
Luke, they are releasing 200-250 tickets at 5pm today at the walk up ticket counter at the Ford Center. They are allowing people to start lining up at 2pm.

I get off work at 4:00. I'll stop by the Ford Center. We'll see...

:)

Karried
10-29-2008, 08:17 AM
Luke, surely you feel a migraine coming on? About 1:30pm?

Luke
10-29-2008, 08:24 AM
Luke, surely you feel a migraine coming on? About 1:30pm?

Nah. If I'm not able to score some tickets at the box office, I'm going to go downtown around 5:30 or 6 tonight. There will be plenty of folks offering tickets. I'm hoping I can find a couple for a decent price.

:)

OKCMallen
10-29-2008, 08:33 AM
OKCMallen + Mother = in attendance. We're a bit high up as well.

Saberman
10-29-2008, 10:33 AM
A buddy and I will be there, I'll be the one hanging from the rafters. Section 320.

FlounderinDC
10-29-2008, 11:47 AM
*raises hand

scotplum
10-29-2008, 02:25 PM
I'll be there. Go Thunder!

jbrown84
10-29-2008, 02:35 PM
Is it on TV?

Saberman
10-29-2008, 02:50 PM
Be there. With bells on.....ahaaaa.....maybe I'll leave the bells at home.

Luke
10-29-2008, 02:55 PM
Well I got a couple of tickets. Found them on craigslist via StubCity.com. I went to the site, called them, looked them up in the yellow pages and everything turns up OK. I ordered them over the phone and paid $9 for each ticket. Face was $30 each. I got the email with the tickets and was assured that that is how ticketmaster actually sends tickets now. We shall see...

Wish me luck!

OKCDrummer77
10-29-2008, 03:56 PM
Is it on TV?

Yes, KSBI.

betts
10-29-2008, 03:58 PM
See ya at the game! I'll be the one wearing blue. ;)

Luke
10-29-2008, 05:19 PM
Reporting live from section 311 in the ford center via iPhone. I'm happy to report tix from stubcity.com worked! Go Thunder!!!!

MadMonk
10-29-2008, 05:59 PM
Holy cow, the guy who sang the anthem was horrible!

jbrown84
10-29-2008, 07:01 PM
WHAT?

Graham Colton, horrible?

jbrown84
10-29-2008, 07:23 PM
Yikes he does sound bad. He must be sick. I've heard him live before and he doesn't sound like this.

jstanthrnme
10-29-2008, 09:28 PM
The cities premiere D-bag.

His half-time performance was a total buzzkill.

Karried
10-29-2008, 09:29 PM
yeah... entertainment was pretty disappointing.. Half time was really, really anti-climatic... try as I might to not compare to the Hornets, it sucked, the entertainment portion left a lot to be desired, it put everyone to sleep... but overall, the game itself was a nice opening.

oumoodman85
10-29-2008, 09:30 PM
Graham Colton is more of a whiny college rock singer, never would have imagined him singing the national anthem. (His previous album with The Graham Colton Band was actually quite good).

Anyways, I'm happy to report I was able to watch the game from Dallas. Was going to try and purchase the game via onDemand--but found out I have to purchase the entire season for NBA League Pass at $169 (can't buy single games). Lucky me though--from now until Nov. 4 NBA League Pass is allowing free previews so I got to watch the whole game for free! Albeit, it was FSN Wisconsin with a grainy non-HD picture. But it was better than listening online!

MadMonk
10-29-2008, 09:58 PM
They showed bits and pieces of his warm-up session later on and he sounded fine. Maybe it was nerves?

Intrepid
10-29-2008, 10:50 PM
Is the sound system part of the upgrades? I sure hope so. I think Colton sounded as bad as he did because of the poor sound.

And the pre-game entertainment: C&C Music Factory? Are you kidding me? A has-been (IMO) 90s music group for opening night? Why not go for Vanilla Ice? Or Millie Vanillie? And during the breaks, why not play some music from Oklahomans (Toby, Reba, Garth, Carrie, Flaming Flips, All American Rejects, Hinder, etc...)

I see some major improvements that are needed (both off and on the court).

The one thing I am very proud of, however, is that we have a team and that I'm a season ticket holder. I know there are going to be growing pains and I can't wait until all the kinks are worked out.

betts
10-30-2008, 12:18 AM
Sound system upgrades are next year, I think (hope they've not been done). Hey, the bathroom next to my section was really nice. Tiled floors and walls and granite countertops. It was a remarkable upgrade from last year. It looked like a real NBA caliber arena bathroom. No more cracked, stained concrete, cinder block walls and wall sinks.

SoonerQueen
10-30-2008, 12:42 AM
So does this mean that you are no longer mad at the guys who own the Thunder, that own CHK, who opposed H.B. 1804, who support illegal aliens?

Hey, i was never mad at anyone. I was just mad because the Thunder store wouldn't take my check. I'm all over that now. Went to the game and had a great time.We are going to try to get tickets to another game soon.

andy157
10-30-2008, 04:56 AM
Hey, i was never mad at anyone. I was just mad because the Thunder store wouldn't take my check. I'm all over that now. Went to the game and had a great time.We are going to try to get tickets to another game soon.Sorry, I guess it was the other SoonerQueen who was ranting back in March. My mistake.

MadMonk
10-30-2008, 06:11 AM
Is the sound system part of the upgrades? I sure hope so. I think Colton sounded as bad as he did because of the poor sound.

I was watching it from home so the sound system there wasn't a factor for me.

I had skipped over the halftime entertainment but went back and watched it (I had it on DVR). Karried was right, it was a little lackluster and yawn-inducing.

Also, maybe it was the audio on TV, but it seemed that once Milwaukee got up a bit the crowd died. They didn't really seem much of a factor until midway through the 4th quarter when the Thunder went on a streak for a bit. Once that happened the "Defense" chant started sounding pretty impressive.

DavidGlover
10-30-2008, 06:28 AM
On TV it appeared there were many empty seats down low, if I were the Thunder PR dept. I would have brought down people to fill the seats for the visual impact to make the first game look packed and full. If those people show up the seat fillers get kicked back to their original seats. Sold out is one thing, perception and the reality of not filled up is another.

Karried
10-30-2008, 06:59 AM
True, I think the PR people are a little new at this. From my seats, the place looked packed.

OKCMallen
10-30-2008, 07:45 AM
It was pretty miuch packed. OKC and the fans did their job.

Karried
10-30-2008, 08:29 AM
Intrepid and OKCMallen... I took my mom too and even though she sat a few seats away from us, it was her first game and she loved it!

How did your moms like the game? Was it the first for them?

DavidGlover
10-30-2008, 09:35 AM
If you saw it on TV you noticed chunks of open seats in the lower sections. I am sure it was officially sold out, I am sure it felt packed when you looked down at the heads in front of you, on TV it looked like there were many open seats.

betts
10-30-2008, 11:11 AM
If you saw it on TV you noticed chunks of open seats in the lower sections. I am sure it was officially sold out, I am sure it felt packed when you looked down at the heads in front of you, on TV it looked like there were many open seats.

It's almost impossible to judge attendance on television. When the game began, I didn't see an obvious empty seat anywhere, and I looked around to judge that exact question. But, during the game, people get up and go to the bathroom, they go get food, etc. There were a lot of people missing right after halftime because the lines for food, bathrooms, etc were long.

betts
10-30-2008, 11:19 AM
On TV it appeared there were many empty seats down low, if I were the Thunder PR dept. I would have brought down people to fill the seats for the visual impact to make the first game look packed and full. If those people show up the seat fillers get kicked back to their original seats. Sold out is one thing, perception and the reality of not filled up is another.

You can't move people down and then send them back up to their original seats. That would anger both those moving down and those who come back to their seats and find them taken. Again, most people who leave their seats have gone to the bathroom or to get food. They're not gone that long. In a situation like the night of the Ice Storm and you know masses of people aren't going to show up, that's different. Then you move everyone down to the empty seats.

Last night was a great crowd. You had to be there to appreciate the energy and intensity of the crowd at the start of the game, which exceeded anything I've seen in professional basketball, including the NBA finals I've attended. Clay Bennett was basically made to take a curtain call by the prolonged standing ovation mention of his name created. I'm sure David Stern could rarely remember getting a warmer reception. Cheers for Kevin Durant equalled those Chris Paul used to get. I'm not going to worry about the people who got out of their seats at some point in time to go to the bathroom, the IceHouse or whereever.

Karried
10-30-2008, 11:41 AM
:congrats: That's exactly how it was. :congrats:

It was electric.. win or lose, we have a team baby!

metro
10-30-2008, 11:41 AM
yeah... entertainment was pretty disappointing.. Half time was really, really anti-climatic... try as I might to not compare to the Hornets, it sucked, the entertainment portion left a lot to be desired, it put everyone to sleep... but overall, the game itself was a nice opening.

Agreed, I'm PUMPED to have a team, but Bennett has left disappointing in every category.

metro
10-30-2008, 11:47 AM
It's almost impossible to judge attendance on television. When the game began, I didn't see an obvious empty seat anywhere, and I looked around to judge that exact question. But, during the game, people get up and go to the bathroom, they go get food, etc. There were a lot of people missing right after halftime because the lines for food, bathrooms, etc were long.

Exactly, only lines were ridiculously long, the longest I've ever seen in the Ford Center or any OKC venue. Many items including food were sold out quickly.

OKCMallen
10-30-2008, 12:34 PM
Intrepid and OKCMallen... I took my mom too and even though she sat a few seats away from us, it was her first game and she loved it!

How did your moms like the game? Was it the first for them?

That was Mom's 4th game, I think, and she had a good time. She kept saying, "Even I can tell they're not very good."

haha

Intrepid
10-30-2008, 02:05 PM
Intrepid and OKCMallen... I took my mom too and even though she sat a few seats away from us, it was her first game and she loved it!

How did your moms like the game? Was it the first for them?

Mine thought it was ok. She had been to a couple of Hornets games during their first season here.

She told me that she'd be more interested in seeing games with bigger stars (Lakers, Celtics, etc.) She's not a huge NBA fan.

jbrown84
10-30-2008, 02:27 PM
Keep in mind, the staff in charge of things like the entertainment are probably mostly new, and those that came from Seattle weren't exactly working for a fan-favorite team...


I had skipped over the halftime entertainment but went back and watched it (I had it on DVR). Karried was right, it was a little lackluster and yawn-inducing.


Colton is no joe schmoe. He performed the same song on SNL last spring and it was used extensively on American Idol last season. He just sounded off either because of the sound (I don't expect much from KSBI) or he was sick or something.



on TV it looked like there were many open seats.

Not from what I saw.

betts
10-30-2008, 04:02 PM
That was Mom's 4th game, I think, and she had a good time. She kept saying, "Even I can tell they're not very good."

haha

My mom was here for a couple of months when the Hornets were first here, and she's become quite the Hornets' fan. She watched them on television the entire time she was here if she wasn't at a game, and now does any time they're on ESPN. She's coming back for another month this winter, and I'm hoping I'll make a Thunder fan out of her (although she won't be seeing them on ESPN anytime soon).

OKCMallen
10-30-2008, 04:11 PM
My Mom's fanhood is based more in a pro-OKC sense than a pro-NBA/Thunder sense.

bretthexum
10-30-2008, 06:31 PM
I missed the game in person and on TV. How were the play by play announcers?