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One Week Away: What To Know For First Thunder Tip Off

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will open its eighth season at home, with the team hosting the San Antonio Spurs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Doors to Chesapeake Energy Arena will open at 5:30 p.m.

THUNDER ALLEY: Thunder Alley, the family-friendly pregame festival outside the arena on Reno Avenue, will open at 4 p.m. Activities will include the OG&E ThunderBolt, appearances by Thunder entertainers, face painting, sport court, inflatables and the Budweiser beer garden. The festivities will feature a special performance by Oklahoma rock band Hinder. Thunder Alley concludes at tipoff.

TICKETS: Fans can browse all available tickets through a link at okcthunder.com/tickets. All tickets sold through the Thunder website, both from the team and from other fans, are authentic and guarantee admission into Chesapeake Energy Arena for the game.

The Kia Thunder Rewards Zone offers fans an opportunity to win one of 50 pairs of tickets right before the game begins. Fans can register in person for the Kia Thunder Rewards Zone starting three hours prior to tipoff. Additional information and preregistration are available at okcthunder.com/rewardszone.

SECURITY: With new NBA-mandated security measures in place at Chesapeake Energy Arena, fans are encouraged to arrive early and allow extra time to enter the arena. The NBA requires all guests to be screened by a metal detector. Fans must remove cell phones, keys, cameras and other large metal objects prior to passing through security. As in previous years, all bags are subject to search. For full details on security at the arena, including an FAQ, fans are encouraged to visit okcthunder.com/security.

AUCTION: Outside Section 103, fans can bid on Thunder-autographed items and other signed sports memorabilia at the Thunder Cares Foundation Auction. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Thunder Cares Foundation, whose mission focuses on building and refurbishing community basketball courts across the state of Oklahoma.

ENTERTAINMENT: Bixby native Corey Kent White, who was featured earlier this year on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform the national anthem. Bucket drummer and fan favorite Peter Rabbit will perform at halftime.

TUNE IN: FOX Sports Oklahoma will begin live coverage of the season opener at 6 p.m. Central, with an hour-long “Thunder Live” pregame show hosted by Thunder broadcasters Lesley McCaslin, Brian Davis and Michael Cage. The full game broadcast will follow.

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