The Edmond Sun

December 26, 2012

Thunder, Kia Motors announce new corporate partnership


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Oklahoma City Thunder and Kia Motors have announced a new partnership, making Kia the Official Automotive Partner of the Thunder. For the 2012-13 season, Kia will sponsor select elements with the team, including the updated Kia Rewards Zone, which offers fans a game-night opportunity to win the final 50 pairs of tickets for every Thunder home game.

In 2013-14, Kia will become the Exclusive Automotive Partner of the Thunder, expanding Kia’s partnership with the team with additional displays and fan-friendly promotions.

“We are proud to partner with Kia and bring it on as a part of our team,” said Danny Barth, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Thunder. “With this partnership, Kia has demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to our team and to Thunder fans across the state. We look forward to building this partnership and fostering the connections between Kia and our fans.”

The partnership will extend to include several Kia dealerships across the state, including Bob Moore Kia in Oklahoma City and Edmond and Primeaux Kia in Tulsa, and a promotional giveaway of Thunder tickets will commence on Jan. 1 (details of the giveaway will vary by location).

Other elements of the partnership include Kia branding within Chesapeake Energy Arena; a presenting sponsorship of the “Top Stories” section of the team’s official website, thunder.nba.com; a concourse vehicle display at the arena; and in-game features during Thunder television and radio broadcasts.

The updated Kia Thunder Rewards Zone will begin on Thursday when the Thunder takes on the Dallas Mavericks.

For details on the Rewards Zone, go to thunder.nba.com.