OKC Police Prepare For Tuesday's Thunder Game
OKLAHOMA CITY - We are 26 hours away from game one of the NBA Finals. Everyone is counting down the hours before they can watch the OKC Thunder take on the Miami heat.
Oklahoma City Police say this is like getting ready for the Super Bowl. So while all eyes will be watching the Thunder, officers from around the city and the nation will be watching out for you.
The signs of the big game are everywhere. As both the Thunder and media crews prepare for Tuesday nights 1st game of the finals, Oklahoma City police have also put their game plan into place.
"We will have security on the ground, in the air, and in raised platforms above the crowd," Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Just like they did for the Western Conference Finals and other games, Oklahoma City police will be out in full force. They will also be getting help from Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, FBI, secret service and US Marshall's.
"In the area around the arena, we will be looking for ticket problems, parking problems, or problems with fraudulent merchandise," Nelson said.
But that's not all. They will also be looking out for out of town crooks, criminals and call girls that are expected to pay a visit to our big league city as well.
"We are working prostitution investigations, but none of them are occurring in the downtown areas. We have prostitution but they are ramping up their activities as well," Nelson said.
Many of those officers will be working in an undercover capacity both inside and outside the arena during the game hoping to keep crowds out here safe. But police do have one word of warning about parking.
"We would caution people if you are parking in a lot that they work there," Nelson said.
Police will be blocking off Reno Avenue in front of the arena for Tuesday night's big game. But to accommodate the big crowds, the arena will be opening its doors at 6 instead of 630.
Though the thunder will not be showing the big game on the big screen outside the arena, the pre game fan festivities will be going on up until the game. So get down there early and thunder up.