FAQs for President Barack Obama’s visit to St. Pete/Seminole


You snagged your free tickets to see President Barack Obama on Saturday at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus. Although you beat out a lot of others trying to see the president in person, you still will have to navigate the crowds and be prepared for a high-security event.

Here’s a list of tips for attending from the college’s website via Patch:

1. Where will I find parking? Spaces are limited at St. Petersburg College. There will be a shuttle service from the Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. in Seminole. The shuttle service starts at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

2. Can I bring in my child’s stroller? Yes, stroller are allowed.

3. What about bags? No large bags. Please limit personal belongings to a wallet, cell phone and camera.

4. Can I bring a water bottle? You can bring a water bottle while waiting in line, but you will not be able to bring drinks into the event. Water will be provided.

5. Is there seating? This outdoor event is a standing rally. Limited seating will be available for people with disabilties. Lawn chairs are allowed in line, but not inside the event.

6. Can I take photos? Yes, photos are allowed.

7. Can I bring signs, even if it’s just a giant “Hello from St.Pete!” banner? Event organizers appreciate people’s support, but because of security, signs will not be allowed in the event space.

8. What time will the president take the stage? The college did not know the president’s arrival time. But the gates at the event will open at 8:30 a.m. The best idea is to arrive a few minutes before the gates open. This will be a packed event.



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