Thunder season ticket holders offered refund options
The Thunder emailed season ticket holders Wednesday with refund options for the eight remaining home games. The value of the tickets will either be reimbursed or used as credit toward 2020-21 season tickets.
An “overwhelming majority” opted to apply the money as credit for season tickets next season, said Dan Mahoney, the Thunder’s vice president of broadcasting and corporate communications.
“Encouraged but not surprised,” Mahoney said of the early response. “Our season ticket members are loyal ... They're with us through thick and thin and always have been.”
Forbes, in a list published this week, ranked the Thunder’s fan base as eighth-best among the 123 teams that comprise the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.
A little more than 14,000 seats at Chesapeake Energy Arena are sold as season tickets.
Like the Thunder, Ticketmaster is also offering refunds. Fans who purchased tickets through third-party sites will have to contact those vendors for details.
The eight remaining Thunder home games includes the postponed March 11 game against the Jazz, when it became known just before tip-off that Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19. The season has been suspended ever since.
It’s uncertain when, where or if the NBA will return this season. If games do resume, it’s unlikely fans will be in attendance.
The timing of the Thunder’s email Wednesday to season ticket holders was not meant to lead to any assumptions.
“There's no magic to yesterday,” Mahoney said. “We're just trying to keep our season ticket members informed. We don't have any information on the resumption of the season.”