OKC Thunder to play 2013 preseason games in Tulsa, Wichita

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: March 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday that the team will play a pair of neutral site preseason games.

For the fifth time, the Thunder will host an exhibition game in Tulsa at the BOK Center. Oklahoma City will play the New Orleans Pelicans, who are changing their name from Hornets next season, on Oct. 17.

The Thunder also will take on Chicago at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita on Oct. 23.

“The entire Thunder organization, from players to coaches to staff, thoroughly enjoyed our previous experiences in Tulsa and Wichita, so we are thrilled to return,” said Brian Byrnes, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Thunder. “The energy in the buildings and the overwhelming support of the fans was tremendous. We are excited to have another opportunity to enhance our connection to Thunder fans in the region.”

Tickets for both preseason games will go on sale in April on the arenas' websites. For more information on tickets, visit www.bokcenter.com and www.intrustbankarena.com.

It was previously announced that the Thunder would play two preseason games abroad as part of the NBA's global. On Oct. 5, the Thunder will play Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey before facing the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 8 in Manchester, England.

The remainder of the Thunder's 2013 preseason schedule will be announced at a later date.

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