The OKC Thunder help to boost sales at local restaurants

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Updated: 5/06/2013 4:39 pm Published: 5/05/2013 6:44 pm

The Oklahoma City Thunder won the first game of the second round of the playoffs on Sunday.

So far, the basketball tournament has given Thunder fans something to smile about and, is creating a big economic impact for area businesses.

General Manager of Leon’s on Brookside, Jordan Wiley, says the Thunder playoffs have created a generous boost in sales.

“With each round we get more and bigger crowds as the Thunder moves on,” said Wiley.

Wiley says that May and June are typically considered a slower season for the business, but the playoff games have changed all of that.

“We get an extra two months of being busy, busy, busy,” said Wiley.

Customers flock to the restaurant to watch the games on television. The manager went on to say that Thunder games held on the weekends can double sales. A Thunder game held during the week can triple sales.

Thunder fans tell FOX23 they want the winning streak to continue and businesses say the longer the series stretches the more money there is to be made.

The owner of Elm Street Pub, Jeremy Pfannenstiel, says the Thunder games have a direct impact on sales.

“If it goes to game 7 that is better for business,” said Pfannenstiel.

Pfannenstiel says the basketball games help to increase revenue, but the games also unite Oklahomans.

“This is the one time where we have had one team that everybody roots for, it really brings Oklahomans together.”

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