First Lady visit impacts parking, traffic, transit

michelle-obamaFirst Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom during a campaign rally for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall on Thursday, Oct. 23. This is not a Colorado State University event. It is coordinated by Sen. Udall’s campaign office and CSU College Democrats, a student organization. All classes will be in session and previously planned events, including guest speaker Laverne Cox in the Main Ballroom at 7 p.m., will continue on schedule. Students, faculty and staff traveling to campus should expect delays in traffic and transit during the arrival, visit and departure of the First Lady. Services and offices in the Lory Student Center will continue on a normal schedule. Event details: Doors open at 1 p.m.; the campaign event is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. Event attendees are asked to enter the south doors of the Lory Student Center to access the line into the venue. Attendees should arrive early to accommodate for delays in traffic and security screening, but no overnight camping will be allowed. 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. Cameras are permitted but are subject to inspection. Once guests are screened through security, they cannot exit and return to the area. Tickets: Tickets are required but not guaranteed for this free event. All tickets are distributed through the Udall campaign and are not available through the university. All questions about the event and tickets should be directed to the Udall campaign offices. Event parking: Classes are in session and parking on campus is limited. Event attendees should park at the Moby Arena parking lot, accessible off Shields Street. The university’s shuttle system, Around the Horn, stops at Moby every 10 minutes and arrives at the Lory Student Center within minutes. For schedule information, visit www.ridetransfort.com. From the transit center in the LSC, event attendees will take a five-minute walk to the south doors of the Lory Student Center to access the line into the venue. The walk from Moby to the Lory Student Center is about 10 to15 minutes. Arrive early for the event; the transit center will be closed during the arrival of the First Lady. Transit to the event: Because classes are in session and parking is limited, event attendees are encouraged to take transit to campus for the event. MAX, the city’s bus rapid transit system, runs along five miles of the north-south corridor with stops at University Avenue on campus and Laurel Street near campus. For more information, visit www.ridetransfort.com. Traffic and transit impacts: The visit will impact traffic, parking and transit on campus during the afternoon. All transit to the Lory Student Center Transit Center and the center itself will be closed 2:45-4:15 p.m. and traffic on local streets may be halted for security for limited times before and after the event, creating some delays. Media: Reporters will be required to RSVP through the Udall office before the event. Reporters should park in the Moby lot and use Around the Horn to reach the Lory Student Center. TV trucks may contact the university for parking information.

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