They were on the last row, their backs to the concrete wall, closer to the rafters than the hardwood of the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
But Kourtney Mason, 26, of Dallas, on one end of the arena, and Todd Lytle, 29, of Tulsa, on the other end had something in common. They were in the house for the NBA Finals, their Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Miami Heat.
“You can watch every game you want from the couch,” Lytle said, “but you can't beat the energy of being in here when a three is dropped. Plus it's the first time the Thunder has been in the Finals, it's Game 1, against LeBron James and the Heat. You've got to be kidding me.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Inside this house, it is 130 feet from the arena floor to the roof. In this house, there are 48 restrooms. And in this house, at least in the sections where Mason and Lytle were sitting, instead of a welcome mat there's a bright yellow sign that reads: “Love's Loud City Prepare: 48 Minutes of Yell.”
And although Mason and Lytle are up top, way up, this isn't a backroom of the house.
The noise rises from the floor, and fans such as Mason and Lytle send it right back down in a thunderous way.
Mason paid just under $400 to be in the house. And she was sitting in section 301, row R, her left arm near a pillar, by choice.
“There were lower seats in this section,” she said, “but I chose this one. When I watch the game I'm really focused. Sitting up here, I can see everything ... everything.”
She attended one Thunder playoff game last year and was in attendance every time, regular season and playoffs, the Thunder were in Dallas to play the Mavericks this season.