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Oklahoma City Thunder has had ‘great feedback’

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: May 31, 2009
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder fans could make the team one of only three to have a season-ticket waiting list for next season. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Thunder fans could make the team one of only three to have a season-ticket waiting list for next season. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The Thunder was one of only four NBA teams to have a season-ticket waiting list.

With the Phoenix Suns, like many other teams, experiencing a drop-off in season-ticket renewals, Oklahoma City could join the Lakers and Celtics as the only teams to have a waiting list for the 2009-10 season.

Thunder officials project 80 to 85 percent of fans who purchased season tickets the inaugural season will renew.

"We’ve had great feedback,” said Brian Byrnes, vice president of ticket sales and services. "Some of the 15 percent that aren’t renewing are consolidating with other clients. They’re staying with us. Not many are walking away completely.”

The league record for season-ticket renewals was nearly 80 percent two years ago. That figure dropped to 78 percent this past season. Early estimates are it could drop as low as 70 percent next season.

Oklahoma City could be an exception.

"We’ve already added 500 new season-ticket holders,” Byrnes said. "There’s still a lot of appetite in the market place.


→Renewal rate of 80 to 85 percent ranks in top half of NBA

→Season ticket holders can change seat locations June 8-12

→Mini packs, single game and group sales still offered

→Thunder officials already have sold 500 new season tickets

→Out-of-market fans (Tulsa, Lawton) prefer mini packs

→People on the waiting list can upgrade seats on June 12

→Ford Center capacity will decrease by 600 seats (18,600)

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