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City prepares for multiple events downtown on Sunday, May 1

A marathon, an arts festival and a possible second round NBA playoff game will bring tens of thousands of people downtown on Sunday.

If the Memphis Grizzlies win tonight’s NBA game, the Oklahoma City Thunder will tip off the second round of the NBA playoffs at noon, Sunday, May 1 at the Oklahoma City Arena.

If that’s the scenario, Thunder basketball fans will join the more than 50,000 participants in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and thousands of art enthusiasts.

The Memorial Marathon begins at 6:30 a.m., Festival of the Arts opens at 11 a.m. and the Thunder game begins at noon.

Police and traffic crews are prepared for the crowd and recommend motorists take the following routes into downtown:
From the North
-If exiting on 6th, continue southbound to Walnut then follow NW 4th, NW 3rd, Sheridan or Reno to all points downtown
-If exiting on 10th, continue east to Lincoln and then southbound to Sheridan or Reno
**Westbound NW 10th is blocked at Broadway Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. **
From the South
-Take the Sheridan exit and continue west on Sheridan or Reno 

From the West
-Take the Walker exit and continue north to Reno
From the East
-Take the Classen exit and continue north to Sheridan


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