Streets west of arena in Oklahoma City to be closed for NBA Finals

Parts of streets west of Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City will be closed through June 27 during the Thunder's NBA Finals run.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: June 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm •  Published: June 8, 2012

Parts of two streets in downtown Oklahoma City will be closed through June 27 to make room for national media in town for the Western Conference champion Thunder's NBA Finals run.

Robinson Avenue will be closed from Reno Avenue to SW 3, and SW 2 will be closed from Robinson to Harvey Avenue, city spokeswoman Kristy Yager said.

The request came through SMG, the arena's operator, and originated with television network ABC, which will broadcast the finals, Yager said. The streets are closed using an administrative permit signed by city Public Works Director Eric Wenger.

The streets will remain closed from now through the duration of the finals and will not reopen when the series shifts after Game 2 in Oklahoma City to the home of the Thunder's Eastern Conference opponent.

“We're expecting a very busy couple of weeks, media-wise and visitor-wise,” Yager said. “We want to put our best foot forward.”

The exit from Interstate 40 to Robinson will remain open, but motorists will be detoured to E.K. Gaylord and Shields boulevards.


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