Watch NBA basketball in Wichita, and provide an educational experience for students! The Oklahoma City Blue, the NBA G League affiliate of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, will be playing a Field Trip Day game at INTRUST Bank Arena on Wednesday, March 6. This unique game experience pairs the excitement of NBA basketball with an educational focus on STEAM 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 and our interactive squad, the Storm Chasers.
Drawing a crowd of over 3,500 for its inaugural visit to Wichita last season, the Oklahoma City Blue will return to INTRUST Bank Arena for Field Trip Day this spring. With school groups, families and other fans coming from all over the state, the Blue goes all out to provide a special game experience and atmosphere. Take a look at last year’s Field Trip Day in Wichita to see what you can expect this year:
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“We sometimes don’t get these experiences, for most of our kids this is the first time that they are in a bigger city experiencing a major level sporting event…I think in most cases we are a little leery pulling kids out to attend a sporting event during the school day but adding STEAM activities…puts the connection between school and fun and activity in a sporting event so that was another major plus of us attending.”
– Stephanie Litton, 2 hour drive from Beloit, KS
“We actually have an upper level science teacher that is one of our basketball coaches and he talks about all the physics in basketball all the time. I think there’s definite connections between science, basketball, sports. Obviously, the nutrition, taking good care of yourself, you know all of that is important.”
– Tana Riffel, 1 hour drive from Centre, KS
“The STEM activities are absolutely one of the most important things that we need to be teaching in our classroom today so great job to OKC for covering that. The other aspect of that is social and what a great day to come out and interact with other students and adults doing such a great job.”
– Tammy Tannehill, 40 minute drive from Udall, KS
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 27 teams from the U.S. and Canada. Last year, the Blue finished the regular season with the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and claimed the Midwest Division title.
WHAT IS FIELD TRIP DAY? Field Trip Day allows school groups, families and other fans an opportunity to experience the excitement of NBA basketball in an educational environment. From the bus ride to the final buzzer, the Blue incorporates a day of high-paced, professional basketball with STEAM facts, videos and activities for all in attendance. During halftime, Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison joins in on a science-themed demonstration on the court with the help of the Storm Chasers.
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 the STEAM-focused elements 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.