President Barack Obama will make a campaign stop to the Ohio University campus on Oct. 17. The below FAQ contains details about the event and its impact on campus and the surrounding areas.
1. For those attending the event, where does the line begin and what kind of security screening can guests expect?
- The queue for guests begins at Court Street, going west on President Street and Union Street. The gates will open to the event at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
- All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue.
- Cell phones and cameras are permitted, as well as strollers for those with small children.
2. How will parking be affected? What areas will be closed for parking? How will the venue accommodate wheelchairs?
- Event parking for guests with disabled parking placards is available at the Baker Center garage on Wednesday.
- Peden Stadium parking will be open only to attendees of the campaign event. A ticket will be required to park in the lot.
- Baker Surface and Garage will be closed (those with monthly passes will still be able to park).
- A number of other lots will be closed when streets close. The parking lots that exit on University Terrace between Park Place and Union Street will be closed on Wednesday. Specific spaces and rows of spaces in other lots around campus will also be unavailable on Wednesday. Check carefully for signage restricting parking when you park your car on Wednesday morning.
- There will be a wheelchair accessible entrance off of Court Street and shuttles from Baker University Center garage to Court Street for those who require assistance. Wheelchair accessible port-a-johns also will be available at the event.
3. What streets will be closed on Wednesday?
The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 8:30 a.m.:
- Union Street, between South Congress Street and East Green Drive
- South Court Street, between Park Place and East Washington Street
- University Terrace, between Park Place and East Union Street
- South College Street, between East Union Street and East Washington Street
4. What restrictions will there be on pedestrian traffic in the area?
The following restrictions for pedestrian traffic will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday:
- The east sidewalk of South Court Street will be closed. The west sidewalk of South Court Street will remain open for foot traffic and business patrons.
- University Terrace, between Park Place and East Union Street, will be closed to pedestrian traffic, with the exception of residents.
- East Union Street, between South Court Street and University Terrace, will be closed to pedestrian traffic.
- South College Street, between East Union Street and East Washington Street, will be closed to pedestrian traffic, with the exception of residents.
5. How will access to College Green be affected? What areas will be restricted?
- Event set-up will begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Access through College Green is still permitted, but please be attentive as it will be a working area.
- Access through College Green will be restricted overnight Tuesday, beginning at 10 p.m.
- Wednesday, College Green will be closed to the public from 11 a.m. until the conclusion of the event.