How long have you been a season ticket holder?
“I’d have to go back and look, because the first few seasons we just bought tickets for each game. Then it was kind of like, ‘enough of this.’ So then we bought season tickets. The first couple of years we just bought tickets, and we went to the majority of the games. Then I just said to Dallas [Stueven], let’s just get season tickets. We’ve had them, I would say, since about 1990 or 1991. Right away when we heard about them we thought, ‘oh, let’s check this out!’ We thought, ‘this is kind of neat.’ So we just kept going. We’ve followed them since day one.”
What’s your favorite Skyforce memory?
“I have a couple. I was a really big fan of Victor Page. So that brawl…when he used that broom…that was kind of fun so I always think of that. Another one is that Dr. Foley, the [Skyforce] team physician, I told him my granddaughter Cierra really liked David Bailey. My grandkids have been going to Skyforce games since they were born. They’ve grown up going to Skyforce games. I told [Dr. Foley] that Cierra was going to go to the game that night with us, so he arranged for David Bailey to meet Cierra after the game. I mean, it was like, ‘oh my god!’ Cierra got her picture taken and I know he gave her like a shirt and a couple of other things. I just thought that was so great of Dr. Foley. I know Cierra still has a picture of her with David Bailey. I just thought that was so neat. I really didn’t expect him to do that. Another time we had gone to a pizza ranch here in town, and some of the [Skyforce] players were eating there. So, of course, we went up and ‘oh are you guys Skyforce players?’ They’re like, ‘yeah?’ So we told them we came to all of the games, and they ended up going to play basketball in one of those back gyms with our grandkids. There’s so many neat things that have happened.”
Who is your favorite Skyforce player?
“So I asked my grandkids, Leighton, Haidyn, Cierra, and Myah, what they thought about this. They had quite a few. They liked David Bailey, obviously. They also liked DeAndre Liggins. They really liked Liggins. Jason Sasser they always liked. Then Greg [Whittington] who played last year. They liked him. Then the last two are Monty Buckley and Randy Livingston. Greg Whittington…we sit right behind the announcer and the scorer’s table in the second row. Whenever Greg would see my grandkids he would throw them candy from the candy jar on the table. My grandkids would always be like, ‘hey, hey!’ Greg would always throw them a piece of candy. They thought that was cool. Oh! Larry Drew II. They like him a lot too.”
What’s your favorite halftime show?
“That family of cyclists that come. The Crevier family. It’s all those kids and then the mom and dad. They also loved the gymnastics team that comes from Fargo. The Quick Change act. Then lastly the Bucket Boys from Chicago. They’re our favorite.”
What keeps you coming back year after year? What do you enjoy most about our games?
“It’s an excellent family entertainment or outing for us. It’s something we can do as a family. We currently have five tickets, so if we ever need more tickets we never have troubles getting them. I just call Kyle, Jeremy or Mike and they always get us extra tickets. I think a lot of it is just the family entertainment. The basketball we enjoy, whether they’re winning or losing it’s still fun to go. It’s something we all look forward to. Our family always asks, ‘who’s going to go to the game tonight? When’s the next Skyforce game?’ I also think the office…everybody in that office is so good to work with us. I have no complaints whatsoever. They’re always so accommodating to us. I think the communication between the season ticket holders and the office is excellent. They always communicate deals for season ticket holders, like if we can get extra tickets for five dollars, and things like that. I think that’s a good thing. This sounds not real important, but to us it’s important…even the people that are at the games helping take your tickets, and the people scanning your tickets, they are so nice to us! We always love Thunder, of course, too. It’s those little things. I think also where we sit, our season tickets, we’ve sat there now since we moved to the Pentagon. There’s kind of that culture. The people that sit around us, we like them. Everyone talks to us and you kind of get to know them on a personal level. Everybody is just nice when we go there. We won’t give our tickets up ever. Even people we work with ask us sometimes, ‘can we have your tickets?’ We say, ‘ummm no!’ They’re our tickets.”
How do you usually use your season tickets?
“It’s always family. Like I said, we have five tickets. I usually always go and then it’s the grandkids, the daughter in-law, the son in-law, whoever ends up going, they always get used. Whenever we’ve needed more, we’ve never had an issue getting extra tickets.”
Why might you tell someone else to become a Skyforce season ticket holder?
“You always have tickets for the games, and you’re always guaranteed your seat. You know when you go, that no matter if they win or lose, that it’s good entertainment. It’s good family time.”