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Crowd Exhausts Penn State Supply of Obama Event Tickets

on February 01, 2011 3:55 PM

A crowd very roughly estimated at several thousand Penn State students and employees lined up Tuesday in the HUB-Robeson Center, all seeking tickets to President Barack Obama's Rec Hall appearance, the university reported.

The university distributed 1,000 tickets to the Penn Staters; it took only 30 minutes to hand them out, spokesman Geoff Rushton wrote in an e-mail message. Each person was allowed to take one ticket.

The distribution process began at noon. Some people had started to line up in the HUB overnight, hoping for a good position in the queue.

"About 10 university staff members were on hand to distribute them, so the process went pretty quickly," Rushton wrote.

Old Main is emphasizing this afternoon that all the tickets have been claimed; no more are available through the HUB-Robeson Center.

Obama is scheduled to speak at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Rec Hall, where he is expected to focus on issues of clean energy and innovation.

His brief trip to University Park also will take him to some laboratories on campus, according to official reports. Those who don't have tickets for his Rec Hall appearance may head to auxiliary viewing locations on campus, Penn State noted. Big-screen monitors will be set up in the South Gym at Rec Hall, in the HUB-Robeson Center and in the Foster Auditorium at Paterno Library.

Tickets won't be required for access to those viewing spots, according to the university. In addition, the Big Ten Network will carry Obama's remarks live.

Traffic and pedestrian delays may materialize at University Park as a result of the presidential visit. StateCollege.com will post more information and complete coverage as the news unfolds.

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