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Presidential debate in STL: What you need to know

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – Washington University is getting ready to host the second presidential debate Sunday night. Here’s what you need to know…

Time: October 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Location: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Format: The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Co-Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and Co-Anchor of "This Week," ABC

Co-Moderator: Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN

Tickets: Sorry, if you don’t have tickets by now, you probably won’t be getting them. Washington University posted this on their website:

Tickets to the presidential debates are managed by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). If the CPD gives Washington University tickets to the debate on Oct. 9 — and there is never a guarantee that the university will receive any tickets — they will be distributed only to current graduate and undergraduate students via a lottery system. Administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the public were not eligible for the lottery. No debate tickets are available to the public through Washington University.

According to Washington University's website, 

Security will be a top priority on Washington University’s Danforth Campus in the days leading up to and including Sunday, Oct. 9, when the presidential debate will be held in the Athletic Complex on the western edge of campus.

While many details of security plans must remain confidential in order to preserve the overall integrity of the operation, the university community should be aware of a number of measures that will cause disruption to normal life on campus.

Students, faculty and staff should be mindful of the following:


  • CARRY A VALID UNIVERSITY ID AT ALL TIMES. On Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9, campus will be accessible only to students, faculty and staff with a valid Washington University ID; and media or vendors who are credentialed to be on campus through the university and/or the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS).
  • STUDENT GUEST POLICY IS SUSPENDED OCT. 7-10. Non-Washington University students will not be permitted to register as guests during this time. 


  • A security fence is in place around a portion of campus that includes the Athletic Complex, Seigle Hall, the Upper Row of Fraternity Row and Francis Field. Residents of the affected fraternity houses have received information about security requirements and instructions for accessing their residences. Beginning Friday, Oct. 7, only residents of the houses will be allowed inside the buildings.
  • The U.S. Secret Service will conduct a security “sweep” of the areas inside the secure perimeter sometime on Saturday, Oct. 8. After this time, only those with a valid CPD/USSS credential will be allowed inside the perimeter.

According to Washington University:

Due to security and transportation considerations for the Oct. 9 presidential debate, the following road closures will be in effect near Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Detours will be marked for all affected roads.

All closure information is subject to change. Check this page for updates.

  • Big Bend Boulevard between Wydown Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic beginning on Saturday, Oct. 8 at approximately 2 p.m. and REOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.
  • Security fencing will be installed on the west side of Big Bend Boulevard from Forsyth Boulevard to Westmoreland Drive, blocking vehicle egress from streets, alleys and driveways.
  • Forsyth Boulevard between Big Bend and Skinker Boulevard will beCLOSED to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Oct. 9 at approximately 9 a.m. andREOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.

Washington University has designated a "Public Expression Zone." 

According to Washington University's website, the Public Expression Zone is at the southeast corner of Big Bend and Forsyth (commonly known as the softball or intramural field) on the Washington University campus. It is bordered by Big Bend on the west, Forsyth on the north, student housing on the south, and a fenced baseball field on the east. The site has a view of the debate venue and is also visible to the public from adjacent streets.

You may access the site from a gate adjacent to Big Bend between Forsyth and Shepley Drive. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for guests with mobility issues.

Lighting, portable toilets and sinks, and medical services will be available. Police officers will provide patrols of the site, ensure compliance with rules, and inspect packages.

The Public Expression Zone will be operational from 4 until 10 p.m. on October 9. You will be able to access the site beginning at 3:30 p.m.


  • Everyone in the Public Expression Zone must comply with all Clayton Ordinances, including the Ordinance relating to parades and assemblies.
  • No one carrying prohibited items will be permitted into the Public Expression Zone. Any items brought into the area are subject to search.
  • No coolers, glass containers, animals, alcoholic beverages or any kind of amplification equipment will be permitted.
  • No balloons (filled with substances other than air), sleeping dragon devices or projectile launchers will be permitted.
  • No weapons — including paintball guns, water guns, Super-soakers, slingshots, air pistols, explosives, blasting caps, knives, hatchets, axes, blackjacks, metal knuckles, iron buckles, ax handles, chains, crowbars, hammers, shovels, clubs, bludgeons, mace or any other instrument used or intended for use as a dangerous weapon — will be permitted.
  • Signs and banners are permissible, but they may not be posted or attached to pickets or on fences. Signs must be constructed solely of cloth, paper or flexible cardboard no greater than one-quarter inch thick.
  • No use of drones for photography, filming or any other reason.
  • No climbing of fences, poles, trees or any other structures.

KMOV will air the debate on television as well as online. CLICK HERE to watch the debate online. 

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