OKC Thunder Trivia: uncovering 50 fun, surprising and random facts

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – APRIL 18: The Oklahoma City Thunder play the Utah Jazz during the second half of game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 18, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** ; /

Chesapeake Energy Arena is pretty big.

The OKC Thunder franchise plays in the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The arena has a seated capacity of 19,711. It’s the 19th largest indoor arena in the United States.

There are a few things that set Chesapeake Energy Arena apart from others on NBA nights. For example, it’s the only NBA arena where you’ll hear an opening invocation (prayer). This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering Oklahoma City is known as the “buckle of the Bible Belt.”

Another unique aspect of game night is a tradition some might call a good luck charm. As described in the Thunderous Intentions article, “A fan’s perspective from inside the ‘Peake:”

"“If you’ve never been to an OKC Thunder game, or watched one on TV, you may not realize we have a tradition in the opening quarter: We don’t sit down. After standing for the opening invocation, you remain on your feet until the Thunder is on the scoreboard. Typically, this doesn’t take long. For this particular game, however, fans remained standing through the first few minutes of play and a time-out.”"

It’s just one of the things that make the OKC Thunder, and its loyal fans, so special.