Local GOP officials expect President Donald Trump’s “Keep America Great” rally on Thursday to draw a packed crowd to Colorado Springs.
The Broadmoor World Arena fits just over 8,000 people. All the free tickets have been claimed online, according to organizers. Seating inside will be first-come, first-served. At 9:30 a.m., local law enforcement reported the parking lot at the venue was at capacity.
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The parking lot will have an overflow area with a big outdoor screen to watch the rally on.
Doors open to the public at 1 p.m., and Trump’s speech should start around 5 p.m. A VIP reception takes place beforehand, and those $2,800 tickets include prime seating at the rally.
KRDO reports that road closures will begin early in the afternoon before the president's expected 4 p.m. arrival. Updates on traffic will come from the Colorado Springs Police Department's Twitter account, @CSPDPIO.
In addition to the Secret Service, local law enforcement will provide security for the event. Public funds will cover those costs, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. Protests are expected.
While Colorado voted for Hillary Clinton statewide in 2016, El Paso County favored Trump by more than 22 percentage points. And the president’s last stop in the Centennial State was to visit Colorado Springs, where he gave the commencement speech at the Air Force Academy last May.
Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner will join Trump at Thursday’s event.
With the rally taking place in town today, drivers should give themselves plenty of time while traveling, as exceptionally heavy traffic is expected around the World Arena. That includes both directions of I-25. More info: https://t.co/ex16WHR1PN pic.twitter.com/dmBiqj19Q0
— Colorado Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) February 20, 2020