OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder-Mavericks draws record crowd in Wichita

The Thunder set another arena record, drawing a sellout crowd of 15,004 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., for its 88-76 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. The facility opened in January 2010.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: October 24, 2012
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The Thunder set another arena record, drawing a sellout crowd of 15,004 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., for its 88-76 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. The facility opened in January 2010.


That record figures to be threatened Saturday night when country singer Carrie Underwood performs at Intrust. Underwood, who was raised in Checotah, is performing at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday night.

When OKC played the Phoenix Suns last Friday night, an arena record crowd of 18,233 was in attendance at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

“It's unbelievable,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of the regional fan support. “The building is beautiful. There aren't many non-NBA arenas as nice as this building (Intrust).”

CROWD PLEASER

After getting booed in Tulsa for not inserting an injured James Harden (groin) into the game, Brooks appeased the sellout crowd early by inserting former Jayhawks Nick Collison and Cole Aldrich.

Collison was first off the bench (5:52 left in the first quarter), played 20 minutes and had six points, two rebounds, one block and one assist.

Aldrich was the third substitution (2:37 in the first quarter), played 14 1/2 minutes, had three rebounds and two blocks, but did not score.

Collison and Aldrich played collegiately 165 miles away in Lawrence and were the most popular interview requests all night.

PARK DEDICATION

The Thunder will dedicate the newly refurbished Pitts Park Community Center outdoor basketball court in northeast Oklahoma City on Friday. The project is a partnership between the Sprite Spark Parks Project and the Thunder Cares Foundation, benefiting the City of Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department.