Soon traffic is going to be tight in and around downtown Meridian. The State Games of Mississippi opening ceremonies will be held at Dumont Plaza for the first time Friday evening.
Portions of some streets, including 22nd Avenue, will be closed early in the day.
Some downtown business owners are concerned about the impact on their business.
"We don't want to inconvenience our customers either, so closing off 22nd Avenue here in the heart of downtown is going to be an inconvenience. But we just hope that our customers will bear with us," said Robbie Hales, owner of The Liberty Shop across from Dumont Plaza.
Despite the possible inconvenience, Hales says her shop will be open anyway. And she hopes customers will understand this is a one time a year deal.
"So we see pros and cons with both," said Hales. "But we love our downtown area and we do enjoy sharing it will people from all over the state."
The State Games of Mississippi is the state’s largest amateur multi-sports festival for athletes of all ages and abilities. WTOK-TV is proud to be among the sponsors for this statewide event.
There will be the traditional parade of athletes, lighting of the torch and fireworks show Friday night. The city has provided a map of available parking locations. A link to it is provided below. Parking in the Arts District Parking Garage will be free of charge for this event. Some downtown streets will be closed.