CSU–Pueblo to host McCain Town Hall Meeting on Friday, Oct. 3

Colorado State University-Pueblo's newly renovated Massari Arena will be the site of a Town Hall Meeting featuring Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain on Friday (Oct. 3).

Details of the event follow:

Tickets to Event. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required for entrance into the event. Of the 3,500 tickets being distributed through the local GOP office, the University will receive an allocation of 350 tickets, which will be released on a first come, first served basis. CSU-Pueblo faculty, staff, and students must show an ID to obtain a ticket from the University allocation. Tickets are available now from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the local McCain/Palin office, 830 N. Main, Suite G30, 719-543-1725.  

Doors to Massari Arena will open at 9 a.m. on Friday with the Town Hall meeting scheduled from approximately 11:30-1 p.m. The McCain campaign has rented Massari Arena from Wednesday through Friday for set up, paying the normal rate for outside users of the facility. The event advance crew will take over Massari Arena beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 1. The building will remain open to faculty, staff, and students through Thursday evening. No one will be allowed in the HPER building Friday morning before the event. Massari Arena will accessible through the front entrance only. 

Student Recreation Center Closed. The Student Recreation Center will be closed at its normal time on Thursday, but will not reopen until approximately 3 p.m. on Friday due to security considerations in Massari Arena. Handicapped parking for the McCain event will be directly in front of the Student Recreation Center.

Traffic and Parking Issues: Beginning at midnight on Thursday evening, the following parking lots on the east side of campus will be closed in preparation for the event: N-2, N-4, E-1 through E-11, and S- 1,2,3. On Friday, all students, faculty, and staff will enter campus and park in lots on the west side of campus. We encourage all of you to carpool or utilize the free bus service now available through Pueblo City Transit in order to eliminate parking capacity issues.  Note: The campus also will be hosting 600+ high school students for the annual FBLA competition who will be transported to the University on school busses which will be parked in such a way to preserve space for faculty, staff, and students. Pueblo City Transit busses will only stop at the south stop (near KTSC) until 2 p.m. on Friday when they will resume normal activity. Vehicles delivering goods to the Bookstore, Chartwells, or the Physical Plant are advised to either postpone deliveries until Friday afternoon or to utilize the west roads to access campus buildings.

Child Care Center parents and staff are advised that they will only be able to access their facility through the west campus access roads between Belmont Residence Hall and the Walking Stick Apartments in the morning, but likely will be able to use east access roads on Friday afternoon.   

ADA Accessibility for Students. All students who require handicapped parking or access to buildings are asked to park in the designated area in lot W-1 south of the Physics/Math building. A shuttle then will transport these students to their classes throughout campus.

Freedom of Speech Area. A designated freedom of speech area will be located to the west of Massari Arena. This will be the only location available for those wishing to express their opinions.  

Limitations inside Massari Arena. No signage or banners of any kind will be allowed in the arena itself. All attendees will pass through metal detectors before entry to the arena. For security purposes, no containers will be allowed in the facility. Free water will be available.  

If you have other questions regarding the event, please direct them to Cora Zaletel, CSU-Pueblo's Executive Director, External Affairs, cora.zaletel@colostate-pueblo.edu

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