CU-Boulder to host President Barack Obama on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Published: Oct. 30, 2012

The University of Colorado Boulder will host President Barack Obama on our campus on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Obama for America campaign has reserved the Coors Events Center for a campaign event. The event on University property does not constitute an endorsement of the Obama campaign by the University or the Board of Regents.

Campus officials and the University of Colorado Police Department have worked with presidential and campaign staff to minimize campus disruptions. Please review the following information about the event below and visit for updated information on campus operations on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you for your efforts to accommodate this visit.

Event information

-- Entry to the event will begin at 4 p.m. Do not delay getting into line, as having a ticket does not guarantee entry if you arrive late. The president is expected to speak around 7 p.m., subject to travel considerations.

-- No overnight camping will be allowed on campus at any time leading up to this event.

-- Bring as few personal items as possible. No backpacks will be allowed in the venue (small bags no greater than 12" x 12" will be permitted, but subject to search).

-- Bottles, cans and containers of any kind are prohibited inside the Coors Events Center. Water stations will be available inside.

-- Signs, guns, knives, pocket-knives, multi-tools, mace, pepper spray, or sharp objects of any kind, other weapons or other hazardous items are also prohibited. Small cameras are permitted, but single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras and long lenses are not. All attendees will go through metal detectors. Expect airport-like security.

-- If you are originating from on campus, please walk to the northwest entrance of the Coors Events Center. The line to the venue will run southwest along Regent Drive to the Regent Drive underpass, then north to Colorado Boulevard/Folsom Avenue, then west along Colorado. Water stations will be available for those waiting in line.

Parking/transit information

-- Main Campus parking will be congested with several parking lots closed in the vicinity of the Coors Events Center. Campus visitors and displaced faculty and staff can park for free in the Research Park on East Campus. Shuttle buses will begin running at 6:30 a.m. and drop off passengers at Folsom and Colorado. From 1 to 11 p.m., the buses will run in 5-minute intervals. Those attending the event are strongly advised to park no later than 3 p.m. For more details, see the CU Parking & Transportation Services website at

-- ADA Parking will be available in Lot 416, just south of the Coors Events Center. Golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees.

-- Regent Drive will be closed to through traffic from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday between the entrance to parking lot 430 (south of the business field) and the HAWK signal (just north of Regent AutoPark). 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.

-- Regent AutoPark’s south access will be closed on Thursday. Access to Regent AutoPark will be available Thursday via the facility’s north entrance until 1 p.m.

-- Remove your vehicle from Regent AutoPark before 6 p.m. Thursday. Vehicles remaining in the Regent AutoPark after 6 p.m. Thursday will not be allowed to leave the facility until after the President’s visit has ended (estimated time 10 p.m.).

-- Buses will be rerouted during this closure. See the “Announcements” and “Service Disruptions” pages of the PTS website at for more information as it becomes available.

-- Colorado Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 6 to 10 p.m. between 28th Street and just west of Regent Drive.

-- All vehicles must be removed from parking lots around the Coors Events Center by 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The affected lots are: 412, 416, 418, 419, 420, 434, 448, 436/494 (south and east of Regent AutoPark) and 491 (roof of Regent AutoPark). Vehicles not moved by this time will be relocated to lot 436/494 (north of Regent AutoPark) and/or inaccessible during the event. See for a map of affected campus parking lots.

Employee / student impacts

-- No classes will be canceled. However, the Business Field and other areas near the Coors Events Center will be closed at various times throughout Thursday. Regent Drive from parking lot 430 to the HAWK signal will be closed to pedestrians and vehicular traffic starting at 1 p.m.

-- The University is committed to maintaining an environment where academic pursuits and campus activities can proceed as scheduled. Campus personnel who are attending or volunteering for the event during regularly scheduled work hours need to obtain supervisor approval and may take annual or administrative leave as appropriate. For further clarification, supervisors can contact the Office of Labor Relations.