Watch NBA basketball in OKC, and provide an educational experience for students! We want to see YOU at Paycom Center on Wednesday, March 2 as the Oklahoma City Blue, NBA G League affiliate of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, will be playing a Field Trip Day game. Field Trip Day has become an annual tradition in Oklahoma City for the Blue. Drawing thousands of spectators each year, school groups, families and other fans have come from all over the state to experience this special game atmosphere.
The unique game experience pairs the excitement of NBA basketball with an educational focus on STEM curriculum. We’ll bring lots of entertainment to keep every fan engaged, including Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls dance team, Thunder Drummers, our interactive squad, the Storm Chasers and members of Science Museum Oklahoma doing live demonstrations. Take a look at our Field Trip Day gallery to see what you can expect this season:
Bus Activity Booklet
“We’re so thankful to the OKC Thunder. It’s a really cool experience to get them to be in here and to get to see the basketball players. A lot of them just lost their minds just in the parking lot, they were like wow, it’s so big. Getting to walk around inside is a real honor and privilege and they’re really thankful to be here. A lot of the parents are able to come too and experience this with their children for the first time. It’s super awesome to get our kids inside here and seeing people who care about them and have made this whole day open just to students.”
-Rebecca Babb | Teacher at Santa Fe South Elementary at the Hills
“I would describe this as a blast, a [once] in a lifetime thing for some of us, right? Just giving us the opportunity to give these kids something that they’ve never really had to have that chance for in their personal life so with that they know, going forward, these guys, if they continue to work hard in school, academically, as well as behavior, we’ll have more trips like this, more to come.”
– Ethan Estep | Teacher at Carriage Hills Elementary
“It’s the loudest crowd ever. The kids have a great time supporting the Blue. They were so excited loading the buses. And it’s just a fun day for them to kind of relax, especially when testing is coming up. It’s just kind of a day to relax and just have fun.”
– Carly Duerr and Brittany Decker | 3rd Grade Teachers at Centennial Elementary
“I think it’s very unique how they have the game, but then they also bring the education along with it. Our school is one of the poorest schools in Oklahoma, so they don’t get to do [many] field trips for kids. I like how they got us out to do something educational, but also fun at the same time.”
– Octavious Hultz | 11th grader at Gans Public School
FIELD TRIP DAY: FAQ
WHAT IS THE OKLAHOMA CITY BLUE? The Oklahoma City Blue is the NBA G League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Blue plays 50 games every year in a league of 28 affiliate teams from the U.S. and Canada.
WHAT IS FIELD TRIP DAY? Now an annual tradition in OKC, Field Trip Day allows school groups, families and other fans an opportunity to experience the excitement of NBA basketball in an educational environment. Starting on the bus ride and continuing throughout the game, STEM facts, videos and activities are shared. During halftime, Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison joins in on a science-themed demonstration on the court.
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT? The Oklahoma City Blue will tip off at 11 a.m.; games typically last 2 1/2 hours. In addition to STEM-focused elements presented by Science Museum Oklahoma, the Blue emcee and others and, of course, the basketball game taking place on the court, Thunder entertainers will engage with fans to ensure everyone in attendance has a memorable experience.
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