The Oklahoma City Thunder will begin every home game of the 2013 NBA playoffs by welcoming back Love's Thunder Alley, the family-friendly pregame festival on Reno Ave., the team announced today.
The Thunder postseason begins this weekend at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The team will take on the Houston Rockets in Game 1 on Sunday, April 21, at 8:30 p.m. The full Round 1 schedule is available on the team's website, THUNDER.NBA.COM.
Love's returns as the title sponsor of the pregame activities, which include a Budweiser Beer Garden, skills-and-drills station, inflatable games, appearances by the Thunder Girls and Thunder Drummers, face painting, DJ booth and more. For the first round of the NBA playoffs, Love's Thunder Alley will also be home to the "Thunder Live" pregame show starting one hour prior to tipoff on FOX Sports Oklahoma. It will be hosted by Lesley McCaslin and include her fellow Thunder/FOX broadcasters Brian Davis, Grant Long and Nancy Lieberman.
Love's Thunder Alley will begin three hours prior to every home game throughout the playoffs and conclude as the game begins.
TICKETS: Fans seeking tickets to the 2013 playoffs have two opportunities to get in the game. The NBATickets Resale Marketplace is the only place for fan-to-fan ticket sales that can guarantee access to Chesapeake Energy Arena through authentic, bar-coded tickets. Fans who are interested in viewing available tickets on the NBATickets Resale Marketplace can find a link in the Thunder Hub, presented by Love's, on THUNDER.NBA.COM.
Prior to every home playoff game, the Thunder will give away 50 pairs of tickets through the Kia Thunder Rewards Zone. Registration for the Kia Thunder Rewards Zone begins three hours before every Thunder home game at the table on the north side of the arena. Fans can also preregister online at THUNDER.NBA.COM, then confirm their registration at the table. The ticket drawing will take place one hour before tipoff.
TUNE IN: Unless televised on ABC, all Round 1 games will be broadcast throughout the region on FOX Sports Oklahoma (OKC Cox 37/722 HD). Game broadcasts will begin one hour prior to tipoff with the "Thunder Live" pregame show.
All games throughout the playoffs will be broadcast on the 14-station Thunder Radio Network, led by WWLS-The Sports Animal (98.1 FM in Oklahoma City).
THUNDER SHOP: The team's four Thunder Shop locations will be open throughout the playoffs, with extended hours at the arena shop starting Saturday. The Thunder Shop at Chesapeake Energy Arena will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays during the postseason, as well as 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other locations include in Penn Square Mall, at The Outlet Shoppes and downtown in Leadership Square.
AUCTION: Fans attending Thunder home games during the playoffs are encouraged to stop by the Thunder Cares auction tables outside of Section 120. The team will auction Thunder-autographed items, as well as other signed sports memorabilia, to benefit the Thunder Cares Foundation. For Game 1, fans will have an opportunity to bid on special autographed Christmas jerseys from select Thunder players.
AT THE ARENA: Fans attending the games are welcome to enjoy the family-friendly options inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, including Center Court Grill and the OU Children's Physicians Kids Zone. As during the regular season, Center Court Grill will accept reservations for seating starting 2 1/2 hours before every tipoff; reservations can be made by calling 405.601.4459.
The OU Children's Physicians Kids Zone offers families a place to bring their children for playtime before and during Thunder games. With interactive games such as Pop-A-Shot, Shoot Around, Touch Wall and more, the Kids Zone is designed for children ages 6-14 to enjoy. The Kids Zone will remain open from 1 1/2 hours prior to tipoff until the end of the third quarter.
Halftime for Sunday's Game 1 will feature the Olate Dogs, winners of the "America's Got Talent" competition in 2012. Prior to the game, Jeremiah Jones of Oklahoma City will lead the invocation, and Rob Clay of Oklahoma City will perform the national anthem.
#WEARETHUNDER: The Thunder encourages all fans watching the team during the postseason to post photos of themselves celebrating the Thunder on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #WeAreThunder. Fans can watch for their photos to be used during the game, on the Thunder TV broadcast, on our website or on the Thunder 411 Blog.