Local business owners were feeling the pinch during the NBA lockout, worried about their bottom line. But now many can breathe a sigh of relief because a deep playoff run by the Thunder could mean a lot of cash for local companies around the metro.
"On normal game nights, especially during the week, you'll get a much larger crowd," explained Clayton Robertson, manger at Jazmoz Bourbon St. Café.
Robertson said as the team gears up for round two of the playoffs, businesses around Bricktown are preparing for bigger crowds and an extra boost in sales.
"I think the further we go, the more economy it's going to boost on a daily basis," said Robertson.
At the Bricktown Candy Company, owner Justin Thomas echoed that. He said there is no better way to market OKC than on the national stage, which only gets bigger when the team wins.
"We are on showcase for the world to see," said Thomas.
That, said Thomas, means more people visiting Oklahoma City. Thomas has seen that trend grow over the past three years of business, and with a trip back to the playoff this season, Thomas is expecting a good boost in profit. Another plus, he said, has been more people coming from out of town.
"Thunder is always good for business," said Thomas. "Once they hit the playoff it's just like an explosion of people from out of town, people wanting to come and see the Thunder games. And it's just enjoyable for everybody. I bring everybody downtown."
The Thunder begins second round play Monday against the Lakers here at home.