Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rebound to Bixby: Oklahoma City Thunder Affiliate Team Returns to SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rebound to Bixby: Oklahoma City Thunder Affiliate Team Returns to SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby

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The Tulsa 66ers, the affiliate basketball team of the National Basketball Association's Oklahoma City Thunder, is moving back to the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby this season.

It's the first time the team has been in Bixby in four years, said Jim Brylewski, Tulsa 66ers president.

"We did well when we opened here," Brylewski said last week.

Brylewski and local civic officials were celebrating the placement of a new basketball floor at the center. In preparation for the upcoming season, center officials and the Tulsa 66ers unveiled the arena's new basketball floor last week. The state-of- the-art, NBA zipper-style basketball floor was designed and built by Connors Sports Flooring.

The team is the development league, or D-League, team of the Thunder. The National Basketball Development League was launched in 2001. The name was changed to NBA D-League in 2005. Each D-League team has one to three NBA affiliates that are permitted to assign players in their first or second seasons to the D-League.

The team's average attendance was 2,600 in a 3,700-seat arena four years ago, Brylewski said.

The Tulsa 66ers moved downtown to the Tulsa Convention Center following legal issues with a former arena owner. The Remy Cos., which built the 165,000-square-foot arena and nearby 130,000-square- foot shopping center, suffered foreclosure in the market collapse of 2008-2009.

Today, Sapulpa-based SpiritBank owns the center.

On June 1, SpiritBank brought in Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast, to operate the facility in the south Tulsa County community.

"We had tremendous support from the people in this ZIP code and surrounding ZIP codes, Brylewski said.

The latest relationship between the Tulsa 66ers and the 4-year- old SpiritBank Event Center ought to be long-term, Bixby Mayor Ray Bowen said. Bowen said 353,000 people live within 10 miles of the event center.

"And 110,000 live within a five-mile radius," Bowen said. "You look at the density for housing in this part of Tulsa, and you see how everyone wants to be out here. …

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