The Ford Center seats 19,100 for NBA games. Approximately 2,500 corporate seats were sold before the process began Monday. Thunder officials also are holding back 4,000 seats for mini packages, group sales, individual tickets, visiting team needs, the media and the league.
“It's not just a question of us having enough seats in the arena,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. “One of the highest demands are for seats around the floor, the most expensive seats. You can add seats, but you can't add any more closer to the floor. That's how high demand was.”
A handful of fans might still have a chance to purchase season tickets later this month. Several hundred club level seats were unavailable due to pre-existing Ford Center contracts.
“Those seats date back two, three, four, even five years and are still being negotiated,” said Brian Byrnes, senior vice president of ticket sales and services. “They were sold by the Ford Center for first right of refusal for events at the Ford Center. Those contracts are now being managed by us, so we're still in the process of negotiating.”
Thunder officials won't know if any of those mid-court, club level seats might become available for a couple more weeks.
“There is a scenario where somebody owns a club account that will elect not to buy Thunder season tickets,” Byrnes said. “If that happens that seat becomes available.”