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News » Thunder has had 'great feedback

Thunder has had 'great feedback

Thunder has had 'great feedback
The Thunder was one of only four NBA teams to have a season-ticket waiting list.

With the Phoenix Suns, like many other teams, experiencing a drop-off in season-ticket renewals, Oklahoma City could join the Lakers and Celtics as the only teams to have a waiting list for the 2009-10 season.

Thunder officials project 80 to 85 percent of fans who purchased season tickets the inaugural season will renew.

"We've had great feedback," said Brian Byrnes, vice president of ticket sales and services. "Some of the 15 percent that aren't renewing are consolidating with other clients. They're staying with us. Not many are walking away completely."

The league record for season-ticket renewals was nearly 80 percent two years ago. That figure dropped to 78 percent this past season. Early estimates are it could drop as low as 70 percent next season.

Oklahoma City could be an exception.

"We've already added 500 new season-ticket holders," Byrnes said. "There's still a lot of appetite in the market place. We're not na?ve to economic challenges, but we feel we put a great product on the floor and are doing everything possible to be customer friendly."

At more than 90 percent, Phoenix traditionally has been among league leaders in season-ticket renewals. Not anymore. The Suns are expected to have only a 70 percent renewal due to the economy and rumors the team might rebuild.

In contrast, the Thunder is developing a solid fan base. Based on renewal rates and new season-ticket holders, the Ford Center once again will be close to capacity for all 41 home games.

"It's been real positive," Byrnes said. "Our philosophy hasn't change. That's why we're holding back inventory for fans that don't buy season tickets. We want to continue to grow our fan base."

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