For the second time in his presidency, President Obama will pay a visit to the campus of the University of Wisconsin, bringing with him closures, delays and relocations that will affect the day’s logistics.
According to Vice Chancellor of University Relations Vince Sweeney, those living, working, and studying around Bascom Hall can expect disruption throughout the day as UW greets Obama. The university is currently engaging in continuous communication with those affected in an effort to minimize the effects of the visit.
According to a UW statement, to physically gain entrance to the event, those interested must register online and bring their ticket printout or have it open on their mobile phone. Registration does not guarantee entrance into the event.
Admission on Bascom Hill will begin at noon, though people can start to line up on the west side of Observatory Drive as early as 7 a.m.
Attendees should expect airport-like security. This means authorities will prohibit water bottles, food, umbrellas or bags larger than a sheet of paper in the event area, the statement said. Free water will be provided.
Other items not allowed into the event include laptops, umbrellas and sharp objects.
However, small cameras, iPads and tablets will be permitted.
According to the statement, Science Hall, Education, North Hall, South Hall, Law School and Music Hall will be closed between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m..
Once the event reaches capacity, overflow seating will be provided with audio on the hill north of Observatory Drive. Union South and Memorial Union may air the event live at their respective locations, the statement said.
UWPD Sgt. Aaron Chapin stressed the importance that those planning to attend the event be familiar with the rules.
He added security and the safety of everyone at the event is a priority for the university.
Chapin said UWPD is “working with Secret Service and law enforcement to make sure the event is adequately staffed to keep everyone in attendance safe.”
Prior to Thursday’s event, President Obama came to UW in 2010 and spoke on Library Mall. The visit marked the first time in 60 years a sitting president visited the UW campus.
Sweeney said Obama’s last visit proved to be an extensively planned event for the university. He said this year UW was able to use some of their plans from 2010.