By Randy Renner
The Oklahoma City Thunder are continuing their tradition of holding their annual blue-white scrimmage at a smaller, fan friendly venue around the state.
This season's scrimmage will be held inside the gym at Choctaw High School on Sunday, October 5th.
The very first blue-white scrimmage was inside what was then called the Ford Center, now Chesapeake Energy Arena. Ever since the scrimmage has generally been held in high school gyms to give fans an up close look at the team.
The Thunder released the following statement about this year's Blue-White scrimmage:
The scrimmage will begin at 3 p.m. and will include many Thunder game-night features, such as Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls, Thunder Drummers, Storm Chasers and more. In addition to the open practice, the team will hold Thunder Alley outside of the school starting at noon, with activities such as pop-a-shot, sport court, Thunder merchandise trailer and the OG&E ThunderBolt. Fans will also be able to enjoy a U.S. Cellular semitrailer with an interactive display.
“Our tradition of the Blue and White Scrimmage enables fans in communities across Oklahoma to understand that they’re an important part of our Thunder team,” said Dan Mahoney, vice president of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for the Thunder. “We love having the opportunity to start the season by bringing the Thunder experience to fans in their hometowns and show them how deeply we appreciate their support.”
In previous years, the Blue and White Scrimmage has been held in Moore, Bixby, Bethany, Yukon, Midwest City and Oklahoma City.
All Thunder fans are invited to take part in Thunder Alley festivities. A limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the game, starting at noon outside of Choctaw High School. Tickets are free of charge and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
All Thunder players are expected to be involved and of course it will be fans first chance to see the newest members of the Thunder, free agent signees Anthony Morrow and Sebastian Telfair and rookie draft picks Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis and Semaj Christon.
It's always a lot of fun and you can expect full coverage from our entire crew here at InsideThunder.com. We'll be live tweeting during the game and we'll have postgame blogs and videos.