For the third consecutive day, the Thunder sold around 2,000 tickets. The team has sold approximately 12,000 season tickets the first four days, halfway through what was originally scheduled to be an eight-day process.
The Ford Center seats 19,100 for NBA games. Approximately 2,500 corporate seats were sold before the process began Monday. Thunder officials also are holding back 4,000 seats for mini packages, group sales, individual tickets and other team needs for the league and media.
A computer randomly selected appointment times for fans to select seats. Since Thunder officials probably could have sold at least 20,000 season tickets, there weren't enough tickets to satisfy every customer. Weekend applicants are expected to have their appointments canceled.
"It was unavoidable,” Cornett said. "The reason I started talking about it last week was I could see this coming. I wanted people to be prepared. Usually, supply and demand resolves itself. But the team would have had to really raise ticket prices to meet supply simply because the demand was so high.”
The most disappointed fans are former Hornet season-ticket holders with weekend appointments, fans who feel they played a key role in Oklahoma City landing a permanent NBA franchise.
"My guess is most of the Hornet season-ticket holders will still be in the arena,” Cornett said. "They either got tickets or will get tickets. They may be part of a corporate structure that bought tickets that haven't been distributed yet. Or they'll find someone who has extra tickets.”