“The night that we announced we were relocating, we had operators ready to take phone calls for people expressing interest in season tickets. And within a few days we had 20,000 people call,” Mahoney said.
“To have more season tickets sold than Cleveland with one of the world’s popular players in LeBron James, and to have more tickets sold than Dallas, Houston or San Antonio, I think it speaks volumes to the opportunities for Oklahoma City,” Byrnes said.
Despite all the recent success, Mahoney said the Thunder aren’t taking anything for granted. He said they’re committed to improving both the team and the gameday experience. The next step in the process is improving the Ford Center. The first phase of the renovations is currently underway, with improvements being made to the locker rooms, media areas and some concourses. But the most noticeable addition to the fans will be the new $4 million scoreboard.
“It has 10 video panels on it, all digital video, it’s really going to add to the game experience at all levels,” Mahoney said. “Everyone from the top of Loud City to the courtside seats will enjoy it.”
Mahoney also said the team will soon break ground on their new practice facility in north Oklahoma City. The project is scheduled to completed before the 2010-11 season.