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Thunder draws huge crowd for scrimmage in Yukon

Thunder coach Scott Brooks: "The city of Yukon, the school district and Yukon High were just amazing."
By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: October 2, 2010 at 12:48 am •  Published: October 1, 2010

The largest gathering ever inside the Yukon High School gym watched the Thunder's Blue & White game Friday night.

Thunder officials estimated 3,500 people attended the intrasquad scrimmage, which is roughly 900 over capacity.

Shortly before tipoff, Thunder coach Scott Brooks gazed up at the crowd and said, "How nice is this?"

"I've been in 21 of these type situations where an NBA team will come out to a city and play (in a scrimmage)," said Brooks, who played 10 seasons in the NBA. "I'll tell you what, the city of Yukon, the school district and Yukon High were just amazing. It was just another great example of the support we get in this state. It's overwhelming."

Before the doors opened at 5 p.m., fans were lined up in both directions outside the gymnasium door, outlining the parking lot along Garth Brooks Boulevard.

The Yukon marching band played and several hundred fans lined up and high-fived Thunder players when they arrived.

"Our players were so fired up getting off the bus," Brooks said. "It's a treat for them (the fans), but it's also a treat for our players. You never get tired of people coming out and supporting you. The way we get supported in this state, it's terrific."

The 2,600 seats filled up within 20 minutes and several hundred more fans stood along the rail on the mezzanine level. Roughly 100 fans were turned away at the door and given a regular-season game ticket voucher and a T-shirt.

Last year's Blue & White scrimmage was held at Midwest City High School and had roughly 90-percent occupancy.


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