Fans pumped for NBA tickets

Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 7:37 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY - Now that the NBA schedule is out, many fans are wondering about tickets.

Fans won't be able to buy single tickets at the Ford Center until closer to the first game, but season tickets are going on sale soon.

Fans are pumped for the season to start.

A lawyer by day and a big basketball fan by night, Kirk Olson plans to get his hands on season tickets.

"I want to make sure I get good tickets, good tickets for games," Olson said.

Olson is in good company, he and 18,000 people signed up for information about season tickets.

Next week, the team will send an email with prices and seating charts. If you can't afford the big money seats, don't worry

"The league requires us to make 500 seats available at $10 a seat. We'll have four times as many, if not more," Team spokesman Dan Mahoney said.

If you want a shirt to wear to the game, you'll soon be able to shop at the team's store, on the bottom floor of Leadership Square, downtown.

A few floors from the store, Tom Savage and other team employees work on the business side of the team. Savage, who works in the public relations department for the team, just moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle.

"Work feverishly during the day and evening, take a look around at neighborhoods, we're going to pencil something in soon I hope" said Savage.

Savage is staying in a hotel for a month while he house hunts and so far, he's sold on Oklahoma City.

"The few people I have met that have known I came from Seattle have been very receptive, very welcoming and receptive, almost treated me like a star coming in here," Savage said.

That's no surprise when you think about how everyone reacted to the Hornets. Fans like Kirk Olson expect the star treatment to continue.

"The hornets were here, the city rallied, hopefully it'll be the same with the sonics, the thunder, whatever they're gonna be," Olson said.

The team is not sure how many tickets will be season tickets and how many they'll reserve for single ticket sales.