Downtown OKC preps for NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY — The NBA Finals get underway in Oklahoma City Tuesday night.

The city is working hard to prepare for the scores of fans and national media spotlight.

Monday afternoon, it was a thunderstorm of activity in front of the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oklahoma City crews spent most of the day replacing a stoplight in front of The Peake.

The old light pole had a tiny crack and they wanted to make sure they replaced it with a brand new, sturdy support because of the thousands of fans that will be going into the arena Tuesday night.

Thunder fan Shannon Schuler has the day off work today.

She came downtown to check out the activity, “I just wanted to see how everything is coming along.”

The banners hanging on the arena and nearby businesses are being replaced.

“The Playoffs” is being replaced with “The Finals.”

Austin Harrell and his dog, Tex, traveled from Texas to sell his hand-made, survival bracelets.

He weaves them from heavy-duty rock-climbing-strength nylon.

Of course, he chose blue and orange for sale in what will become Thunder Alley.

And, as the sun goes down on the eve of Game One, the streets will come alive in strings of blue, orange and white LED lights.

Streetside Ltd. was contracted by the city to hang 1,100 strands around the Myriad Gardens and the Bricktown Canal.

“We’re gonna have so many people down here. It’s just going to be such a beautiful event,”¬†Streetside owner, Israel Brumback, said.

Tip-off is 8 p.m. Tuesday night.