The Thunder bring in big business
OKLAHOMA CITY — There's a lot of money being poured into our local economy every time the Thunder hit the hardwood. "Our kitchen staff get more hours, our servers you know they have a higher percentage of tables turnover, better gratuities on their tickets," says Bricktown Brewery Manager Ryan Reynolds. Especially when the Thunder brings in a win like they did Sunday night during the Western Conference Finals on their home court.. "Everyone was really amped and calling their friends to come in and join them and everything," says Reynolds. Speaking of friends FOX 25 met a pair who traveled from Dallas to watch Sunday night's name at the Chesapeake Arena and stayed to check out the sights and sounds of the city. "I'm a huge Kevin Durant Fan so I am so glad I finally got to see him play in person in Oklahoma," says Thunder fan Jackie Langston. And it turns out her travel buddy is a Spurs fan. "Now that it's two to one it's anybody's ball game so we'll see," says Spurs fan Alexa Bomersbach. Over at Hideaway Pizza in Nichols Hills the ovens haven't had a chance to cool down. On a regular night they usually sell 150 pizzas but since the playoffs it's been upwards of 300. Staff members couldn't stopping talking about Serge Ibaka and the incredible endurance of the Thunder. "We are going to play hard and you know get them up out of our house and go to their house and beat them again," says Hideaway Pizza Manager Michael Langston. And at Deep Deuce Grill it's Deep Pockets these days for employees. "Every time the Thunder plays everybody is ready to get out and do something and so us being right here with all the TV's it's been double if not more, it's always just crazy the whole time we are here," says employee Kayla Prater. Tip off is at eight o'clock Tuesday night.