Lost our lease, everyone must go

The 66ers will move farther down Route 66:

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, will be moving to Oklahoma City, the Thunder announced today.

The 66ers have played home games the last two seasons at the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, Okla., but team officials were notified recently that the facility will no longer offer arena space for lease. The move will take place prior to the start of the D-League regular season, which begins in mid-November and extends through early April.

In Tulsa, the 66ers drew about 2400 per game, slightly below midpack among D-League teams. (This past season, the team finished 24-26, which is also, um, slightly below midpack, though fifth in the six-team Central Division.)

I’m just surprised no one offered to move them to Seattle.


  1. McGehee »

    19 July 2014 · 9:22 am

    Not being one I don’t know for sure, but it seems to me when basketball fans want to watch non-NBA roundball they watch the NCAA.

    How much publicity did the 66ers get in Tulsa?

  2. CGHill »

    19 July 2014 · 11:35 am

    Evidently not enough. There’s enough of a fan base to justify an NBA pre-season game, which always draws well. Maybe it’s loyalty to the Shock, the Tulsa WNBA team, not part of the Thunder operation — though they draw maybe 5000 a game, below the WNBA average.

  3. robohara »

    20 July 2014 · 10:01 pm

    Glad to hear it’s not just our convention. The Oklahoma Video Game Expo (OVGE.com) has taken place at the Spirit Bank Event Center for the past two or three years. It’s a nice facility and I don’t really understand why they aren’t renting it out any more, but whatever. Like the Thunder’s D-League, we found another home.

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