Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma City's NBA Season Closing In

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma City's NBA Season Closing In

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The Oklahoma City NBA entry is on a dead sprint toward the season.

Even so much that at last, it will lose the less-than-romantic title of Oklahoma City NBA entry.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the team will disclose its name and also will open its team store on the first level of Leadership Square's south tower.

All the while, the franchise continues to fill the south tower's third floor with business personnel.

"The relocation process is going very well and at a good pace, both on the basketball side and the business side," said franchise spokesman Dan Mahoney. "There's a lot of work to do leading up to the preseason and the regular season."

Mahoney said the team has moved 50 staff members and players from Seattle. By the time the season begins, the team will have filled about 60 more jobs.

Fans who applied for season tickets will soon be finding out if their requests will be met.

"We are going through the ticket process and will have a Select- a-Seat process to get everybody their tickets and get ready for the season," he said. "For the past 1.5 weeks we've been contacting those who signed up for the ticket request list and letting them know their date and time to come to the Ford Center to pick out their season tickets and the seats they want. That process is going well; we're getting enthusiastic support from people. The demand is high, which we think is terrific, not only for our business but for the city."

He said the Select-a-Seat process will begin on Monday, Sept. 8.

"We know fans are looking forward to that tangible benefit which is having the season tickets in their hands and every day we move closer to that," he said. "We know that's something people are eagerly anticipating. It's a great step."

The original list of ticket requests rolled up to over 16,000 names. Some wanted more than one ticket or other options, such as single-game tickets or mini-plans, which are 10-game sets of tickets.

Mahoney said there will be a couple of ways fans can find out the name of the team. …

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