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Best Week Ever: Thunder Sell Out Of Season Tickets In Five Days

The Thunder Friday sold out its available season tickets in advance of the '08-09 season and has created a waiting list for prospective ticket buyers. In five days, the team sold approximately 13,000 season tickets at all price levels, including $10 upper level seats. The team cancelled the remaining three days of its seat selection process and all fans who had scheduled appointments during that time will be put on a waiting list to be offered eight-game packages (Thunder). Thunder Owner Clay Bennett said, "I am pleased we were able to offer a reasonable amount of affordable seats. That's important. To have this kind of velocity in sales is remarkable." Bennett, on joining the Celtics, Lakers and Suns as the only NBA teams with a season-ticket waiting list: "To actually see it happen, we're thrilled. We're tremendously gratified by the response." Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett: "It's not just a question of us having enough seats in the arena. One of the highest demands are for seats around the floor, the most expensive seats. You can add seats, but you can't add anymore closer to the floor. That's how high demand was" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 9/13). Thunder GM Sam Presti: "The short amount of time we've been in the community, the response has been invigorating for the team and our players. We're looking forward to working with the community and growing with the community" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 9/15).

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