On a Thunder game night, a loud and energetic crowd fuels the team’s home-court advantage at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder experience provides an exciting game-night atmosphere that extends from the court to the concourses, with Thunder entertainers, spirit stations, and world-class food and beverage supplementing the on-court action to offer something for every fan to enjoy.
Founded in 2008, the Oklahoma City Thunder has developed into an NBA franchise with strong fan, corporate, and community support throughout the state. Driven by a philosophy of teamwork and humility, the team stands at the pinnacle of a regional cultural renaissance and seeks to impact the state in a variety of ways, including through extensive community outreach and involvement.
On the court, the Thunder makes its home in Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City and prides itself on creating an environment that is fan-focused, family-friendly, and community-oriented. Constantly striving to improve on-court performance, the team has adopted a philosophy of taking things one game at a time and steadily moving forward as one.
In seven seasons, the Thunder has earned accolades both for its on-court performance and its business practices. The Thunder first made the NBA Playoffs in 2010, its second season. The Thunder took the Northwest Division title the next four seasons in a row, also earning three trips to the Western Conference Finals. In 2012, the team put Oklahoma City on a global stage after winning the Western Conference championship and securing a trip to the NBA Finals.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has stated that the Thunder sets “the gold standard of the league, from a basketball and business standpoint.” Among other honors, the team has been recognized by the Sports Business Awards as Sports Team of the Year (2013) and ranked No. 1 in ESPN The Magazine’s Ultimate Standings (2012).
Through its annual and ongoing community programs and additional outreach efforts, the Thunder directly impacts individuals and organizations throughout the state every day of the year. In all, the organization – including players, coaches and staff – works with hundreds of community partners every year, benefiting countless individuals. From schools to shelters, from building homes to honoring heroes, the Thunder impact on its community is as diverse as the community itself, with one common thread running through all that the team does: strengthening the state it calls home.