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NBA Finals: Bucks delay opening of Deer District for Game 4

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have evacuated everyone out of the Deer District ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Finals due to severe weather.

The team said they would evacuate fans from the area if lightning was detected within 10 miles of the arena. Bucks officials also said they had a severe weather plan in case storms rolled through the area. That plan includes trying to shelter as many people as possible in nearby parking garages if another storm system moves through the area.

Gates for the Deer District weren’t scheduled to officially open until about 6 p.m., but messages were displayed on video boards urging anyone in the area early to find shelter.

The team posted an update on Twitter about an hour and a half before gates were supposed to open, saying they were delaying the opening of the Deer District to 6:30 p.m. Fans without tickets were encouraged to arrive as close to game time as possible.

The Bucks say fans who have RSVPed for the Deer District will receive updates.

Game 4 between the Bucks and the Phoenix Suns is expected to start at approximately 8 p.m. CDT. as Milwaukee tries to even the seven-game series at two games apiece. The Bucks are hoping Giannis Antetokounmpo can continue his historic run after he became just the 6th player in NBA history to score 40 points in back-to-back NBA Finals games in Game 3.

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