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Thunder-Heat: Limited supply of NBA Finals tickets sends prices soaring

Between the season-ticket holder seats and additional seating needed for media, there aren't many tickets left to go around.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 10, 2012

Approximately 1,000 people entered the last drawing, held before Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

Thunder season-ticket holders account for more than 14,000 of the Peake's seating capacity of 18,203, which will be reduced some to make room for additional media seating — mostly for international media.

As a result, approximately 350 season-ticket holders had to be relocated. Affected fans were given complimentary tickets, according to one ticket holder who had to be moved. The team called fans individually to tell them of the switch.

“It does disrupt some of our fans,” said Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president for communications and community relations. “But it's something that comes with the Finals. It's all for the exposure of Oklahoma City and the team.”

Ferrer said prices for last year's NBA Finals between Dallas and Miami were a bit less than this year's because there were more tickets available on the secondary market in each city.

“It's just supply and demand,” Ferrer said. “There's quite a bit of excitement in Oklahoma City right now since the team hasn't been here since they moved.”

The Thunder recommends fans looking for tickets use the Thunder TicketExchange, where the team facilitates fan-to-fan transactions.

“We think it's the safest way for fans to get tickets,” Mahoney said. “We know who the person selling the ticket is and it's been verified. They're totally taking their chances if they go another route.”

The program has been helped by an April ordinance passed by the Oklahoma City Council that removed caps on how much could be charged for tickets above face value and created a buffer zone around Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Mahoney said counterfeit tickets haven't been a huge issue. However, they have had a few instances of fake tickets being sold or of a print-from-home ticket being copied and the same ticket being sold to multiple people.

“It's the largest event ever,” Proctor said. “Everybody talks about the '71 Nebraska-OU game. That was probably $75 a ticket. There's never been anything like this year.

“We're seeing families of four that are paring $18,000 to get into a game. I remember in 1982, I sold a pair of tickets for OU-Texas for $1,000 and I though that was crazy.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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