Final preparations are under way at the University of Denver for the first Presidential debate. Three days from the event, crews were inside Magness Arena preparing huge lighting structures that will hang above the set.
On Monday morning students will learn if they are among the 50 selected to attend the debate. More student tickets could become available if the Commission on Presidential Debates decides to give the university more tickets.
7NEWS crews saw increased security on the campus Sunday. Security officials were seen touring different parts in and around the arena. One of the President’s Marine One helicopters was even seen circling above the campus.
Security is expected to get tighter as Wednesday draws closer.
“This will be a very secure and locked down facility,” said Peter Eyre, a Senior Advisor with the Commission on Presidential Debates. “It’s the single time in the primary election cycle that the two candidates will be in the same place, at the same time and on the same stage.
University and Commission officials are urging people to stay away from the campus if they don’t have debate tickets or don’t have to be there. Tickets are not being sold for the debate, the event is invite only.
Aside from the Interstate 25 closure, rolling road closures in and around the campus can be expected on Wednesday.
In the end, university officials are confident the event will go off without a hitch.
“This is, for the university, one of the most important events we’ve ever hosted in our 148 year history,” said Kevin Carroll, a Vice-Chancellor of the University of Denver.
Wednesday’s debate will be the first of three for the Presidential candidates. One is also scheduled for the vice-presidential candidates.