Thunder costing fans more time, money this season

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The home season opener is tonight for the Thunder and fans packed in the Peake for Season 10!

But first they have to get through the traffic and new ticket prices.

Fans like John Bling don't think that will have an affect on the games.

"True Thunder fans stay up no matter what," said Bling.

Bling is more than a Thunder fan.

"They call me Thunder Boy Wonder in Oklahoma City," he said.

Bling said he's been a fan since the beginning, and to celebrate 10 seasons, he will be in attendance in style tonight.

"I'm really excited about it. I've been downtown for the last two weeks every other day just getting myself prepared for that vibe," he said.

But one thing fans need to prepare for is a change in ticket prices.

"It's two or one dollar depending on the price of the ticket, is what the law is," said Karina Henderson, Director of Corporate Communications.

The state law went into effect in July. It would add a $1 fee to the initial sales of tickets costing $50 or less that are for Oklahoma professional sporting events.

A $2 fee would be charged for professional sports tickets that cost more than $50.

"We so much support from our season ticket members, most of our tickets were sold in advance because we have 14,000 season ticket holders and 18,203 tickets," said Henderson.

Henderson says she doesn't see this affecting ticket sales, at least not yet. And fans like Bling agree.

"Nah, no it won't. You'll find a way, you will find a way," Bling said.

Fans should prepare to show up to games early to avoid construction.

The team has an app and a website to help fans avoid construction.

"That's a really great planning tool to make sure that you know where the closures are, what to avoid, and where to go," said Henderson.

And of course parking can sometimes be a challenge, but they say they are here to help with that as well.

"We also have a parking bot that will help you find parking, find ways to and from the parking lot of your choice," said Henderson.

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