October 26, 2012 (Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena set a new attendance record at the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA preseason game Wednesday, October 24, 2012. The sold out game was the highest attended event in the Arena's history, reaching the maximum capacity of 15,004.
"We are humbled by the loyal support of our fans in Wichita – culminating with the record attendance at INTRUST Bank Arena,” said Brian Byrnes, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Oklahoma City Thunder. “Our players, coaches and staff appreciate the enthusiastic environment and look forward to returning again soon.”
“Playing a preseason game in Wichita was our opportunity to extend the Thunder fan experience throughout southern Kansas. The strong support is illustrated by the demand for tickets and merchandise as well as the commitment from our partners with Fox Sports Midwest, which will televise virtually the entire Thunder broadcast schedule this season."
The match-up between the Thunder and the Mavericks marked the last preseason game for Oklahoma City, who defeated Dallas 88-76. This was the first time INTRUST Bank Arena has hosted an NBA game since opening its doors in January 2010.
“The way the Wichita community supported and embraced this event was incredible, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the record attendance we achieved,” said AJ Boleski, SMG General Manager. “The Oklahoma City Thunder is a first-class organization. Their partnership with Fox Sports Midwest allowed us to showcase our facility to a regional audience and we truly look forward to a longstanding relationship between INTRUST Bank Arena and the Oklahoma City Thunder.”