President Obama to Visit University of Miami on Thursday


As he becomes increasingly active in his campaign for re-election, President Barack Obama plans to visit the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus on Thursday to deliver a speech at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse.

The event is free but requires a ticket, and students will be able to get one if they line up fast enough. Tickets for undergraduate, law, and graduate students on the Coral Gables campus will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the University Center Ticketmaster window.

Only one ticket will be given to each student, who must present his or her own valid 'Cane Card for swiping. Holding spaces in line for others will not be permitted, and students must remain in line until they receive their tickets, which will be non-transferable.

Miller School of Medicine students can pick up their tickets at Room 2019, the Office of Student Activities, in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Miller School graduate students can get tickets in Room 650 of the Clinical Research building, 1120 N.W. 14th Street, starting at the same time as at the other locations. For their tickets, students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science can go to the Graduate Studies Office, in SLAB 132, at 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, also as of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Doors to the Fieldhouse will open at 11:45 a.m. There will be very limited seating, so it will be primarily a standing-only event. All attendees must go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. Students must also present their 'Cane Cards upon entry to the Fieldhouse. Since it will take time to clear security, please plan on getting there early. Late arrivals will not be guaranteed entry.

No large bags, purses exceeding 8.5 by 11 inches, backpacks, sharp objects, umbrellas, food or drinks, video cameras, signs or banners will be allowed into the Fieldhouse. Still cameras and cell phones will be permitted, however. Students are encouraged to wear orange and green to show their 'Cane Spirit.

Because of the high volume of vehicular traffic and parking expected around the Fieldhouse, students are encouraged to walk there from other points on campus, having parked in their assigned permit zones. The Yellow zone may be affected by extra traffic, so please plan accordingly.

The event will be streamed live at