Before Wednesday’s Game 5, ten Thunder fans who follow our team on social media gathered in a drizzly Love’s Thunder Alley for a scavenger hunt. Their mission: to cross off as many items on their list as possible in 15 minutes. The goal: to win a few great Thunder prizes, including lower-bowl tickets to that night’s game against Memphis.
Within a span of about 10 days, we happened to hit two milestones on social media, reaching 2 million fans on Facebook and 500,000 followers on Twitter. It seemed like a great excuse for a giveaway, but as the wheels turned in our minds, we decided to do something more elaborate than just an enter-to-win contest. When we hit 1 million Facebook fans, we had done a less elaborate scavenger hunt – so we thought we’d take the same idea, but have it all happen right in Love’s Thunder Alley.
We had planned and planned this event, but the one thing we didn’t really plan on was drizzle. If it had been sunny and wonderful, everything would have gone just as planned. If it had been an all-out downpour, we had a back-up plan to determine our winners. But Wednesday’s weather was just so-so. With ten eager fans ready to take on the challenge, though, we went ahead and set ‘em loose on Thunder Alley.
To give you an idea of what our scavenger hunters had to do, their list of tasks included things like getting a photo at one photo station (5 points), finding out what the halftime act was (answering “Red Panda” was worth 25 points), completing the Skills Challenge (20 points), starting at dance-off at the Skullcandy DJ booth (50 points) and getting their photo with someone named Mary Jo (finding our own manager of event presentation netted 75 points).
We tallied the points on our contestants’ rain-softened scoresheets and found that Hayley Bishop of Oklahoma City (@haywaitup on Twitter – we love that) was our winner with 305 points. Hayley had her choice of either the tickets or a Thunder team-autographed basketball, and she chose the ball.
Second place was a tie, and Bethany Jones of OKC and Shelby Nelson of Moore did a quick trivia quiz to determine who go the tickets. Bethany edged out the competition and, along with her best friend, ran excitedly into the arena to watch the game.
You can watch a video of the contest here (including some great dance moves and chanting). Despite the water falling from the sky, our finalists all had a great time taking on the challenge of Love’s Thunder Alley.
- Karina Henderson