On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, President Obama visited the University of Colorado Boulder to deliver remarks as he launched an effort to get Congress to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. The president spoke in the Coors Events Center at approximately 6:00 p.m. The event was free and, while focused on students, was also open to faculty, staff and members of the general public.
Watch the official White House video of the April 24, 2012 speech.
CU-Boulder photo gallery: President Obama visits CU-Boulder
--No overnight camping will be allowed on campus at any time leading up to this event. Admission to the event is General Entry.
--To enter the Coors Events Center
on Tuesday, students, faculty, staff and the general public will need to present their signed ticket and valid ID (Buff OneCard ID for students, faculty and staff, and a valid ID for the general public).
--Entry to the event on Tuesday will begin at 3:30 p.m. and ticket holders should be in line by 4:30 p.m. at the latest to go through security screening. Do not delay getting into line, as having a ticket does not guarantee entry if you arrive late.
--Don’t forget to hydrate! It’s a warm day at altitude – make sure to keep drinking water. Water stations are available for the line and in the facility.
--If you are originating from on campus, please walk to the south entrances of the Coors Events Center. The line to the venue will loop through the Kittredge Complex.
--If you are taking the shuttle in from Research Park on East Campus, you will be dropped off next to the Wolf Law Building on Baseline Road. Please go to the southeast entrance of Coors Events Center. The line will be coming down Kittredge Loop toward the Law School. You can download a map with parking and shuttle information from the PTS website
--No backpacks will be allowed in the venue (small bags no greater than 12” x 12” will be permitted but subject to search).
--Containers of any kind, bottles, cans, guns, knives, pocket-knives, multi-tools, mace, pepper spray, or sharp objects of any kind, other weapons or other hazardous items are prohibited.
University permit holders: In preparation for the event, several parking lots in and around Coors Events Center are required to be vacated by 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012. Full details of lot closures and traffic and transportation impacts can be found at the Parking & Transportation Services website.
Visitor parking: Free visitor parking for the President’s speech will be available in parking areas located off Discovery Drive at the CU Research Park. Signs and event parking staff will be in place to direct guests to visitor parking.
Free shuttle buses will run a continuous loop, with departures approximately every seven minutes, between the CU Research Park parking lots and the Baseline & Basemar Plaza bus stop on Main Campus. The shuttle buses will operate from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 pm. All Shuttle buses are ADA compliant, and additional ADA transportation and assistance will be available on the Main Campus.
Free parking is also available at the 29th street mall. Guests can pay to ride the Hop bus to Main Campus from the mall. Download a copy of visitor parking instructions here
Campus closures and detours
-- Regent Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday between the entrance to parking lot 430 (south of the business field) and the HAWK signal (just north of Regent AutoPark). The lanes to the north of the Regent AutoPark structure will be closed to exiting traffic between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All exiting traffic during this period is prohibited. All daytime traffic requiring access to Regent Drive north of the HAWK signal may do so via Colorado Avenue. All traffic requiring access to Regent Drive south of the entrance to parking lot 430 may do so via Broadway.
-- On Tuesday, all RTD and CU Buff Buses will be detoured down Colorado Avenue and 18th Street. All stops along Regent Drive will be inactive on this day. Between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. all RTD, HOP and CU Buff Bus routes will be prohibited from entering campus. The Buff Bus will not run during the closure. For route-specific maps, please visit the PTS website.
-- Several buildings around the CEC will have limited access to south and east entryways facing Regent Drive, beginning at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday. These include: Chemical Engineering, ITLL, Computer Science and Koelbel Business. Please be cognizant of building proctor emails and posted signage.
-- Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be diverted around the CEC, beginning after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Pedestrians and bicycles should travel around the perimeter of the campus.
-- Pedestrian access near the Police and Parking Services and Environmental Health and Safety Center buildings will be limited on Tuesday afternoon. The Parking and Transportation Services business office and the police department records window will close to the public at 12:00 p.m. The Environmental Health and Safety Center will close at 1:00 p.m. Essential personnel will be relocated on campus during normal business hours and may be reached by calling 303-492-6025.
Tickets - Please note all tickets have now been distributed
Student tickets will be distributed on Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Memorial Center (UMC) in the Glenn Miller Ballroom. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will need to bring their valid CU student ID as proof of current CU Boulder registration and will also be asked to sign for their ticket. The tickets are non-transferable.
Faculty and Staff tickets will be distributed on Sunday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Aspen Rooms of the University Memorial Center (UMC). Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person. Faculty and Staff will need to bring their Buff OneCard and will be asked to sign for their ticket. The tickets are non-transferable.
General Public tickets will be distributed on Monday, April 23, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Coors Events Center on the CU-Boulder campus. The ticket office is located outside the northwest entrance of the Coors Events Center. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. One ticket per person will be distributed. Due to limited space, the White House will only be able to distribute a limited number of tickets. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.
Event information directory
04.20.12 News Release: President Obama to visit CU-Boulder on April 24
04.20.12 News Release: Distribution of tickets to attend President Obama event
04.23.12 Administrative E-memo: Campus preparations
UPDATED: April 25, 2012 3:30 p.m.