S.C. Democratic Debate planners release information for Debate, Community Celebration ticket-holders

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Path to the Presidency Debate, April 26Orangeburg, SC – The South Carolina Democratic Party and SC State University released information today for those planning to attend both the Path to the Presidency Democratic Debate at SC State on April 26, and those seeking tickets to attend the Community Celebration Viewing and After Party, sponsored by the County of Orangeburg and the Orangeburg County Economic Development Commission.

More information and questions about ticket distribution can be obtained by calling the Debate Office at 1-803-536-7220 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or via email at debate@scdp.org.

“The support for this debate among South Carolinians has overwhelmed us,” said state Democratic Party chairman Joe Erwin. “There has been so much interest and excitement in seeing these high-caliber Democratic candidates in action from across the state and, especially, here in Orangeburg. I want to commend SC State and City and County officials here in Orangeburg for helping find ways to allow as many people as possible to see and hear the candidates while they are here next week. I also want to thank state, county, local and campus law enforcement officials for helping us devise a plan to move debate attendees and participants quickly and safely through the community.”

“We are committed to transforming the energy and excitement of this one event into a lasting legacy, and we thank the people of Orangeburg, the leaders of this county and the city for their continuing support and encouragement,” said SC State President Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr.

INFORMATION FOR DEBATE TICKET-HOLDERS

Debate attendees will park at Mitchell Field on the SC State campus, which is off Buckley Street near the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. A parking pass will be required to enter the Mitchell Field lot. Parking passes will be distributed at the Debate Office on the SC State campus Monday, April 23, through the morning of Thursday, April 26, and at a tent near Mitchell Field on Thursday afternoon.

Ticket holders will be shuttled from the Mitchell lot to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium. A debate ticket is required to ride the shuttle. Debate officials have notified all ticket-holders. Due to the small size of the theater, all tickets to the debate have already been distributed.

Debate tickets will be available for pickup – by debate attendees only – at the Will Call window in the Debate Office in Earle Hall on the SC State campus starting at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23.

Will Call in Earle Hall will be open Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, Will Call will be open at Earle Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then will move to tents near Mitchell Field from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A picture ID will be required to pick up tickets. Every ticket has a person assigned to it and tickets are non-transferable.

Doors to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium open at 4 p.m.. Ticket-holders will go through security and are advised that phones, cameras, food, recording devices, electronic devices, weapons, signs and bags are not allowed in the Debate Hall. The security process will take some time and ticket holders should plan accordingly.

All ticket holders must be in their seats by 6 p.m.. There will be a brief debate pre-program featuring SC State students and local leaders from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., debate attendees will watch “The Nightly News with Brian Williams,” which will emanate live from SC State’s campus. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. The Debate can be seen live on MSNBC, MSNBC.com, and South Carolina's NBC affiliates, in addition to South Carolina Educational Television (SC ETV).

Once the debate is completed, debate ticket holders will be shuttled back to Mitchell Field or the Community Viewing Party in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Debate ticket stubs will be honored for admission into the Community Celebration.

Please call the Debate Office at 1-803-536-7220 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with any questions or email debate@scdp.org.

INFORMATION ON TICKET DISTRIBUTION FOR THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION VIEWING AND AFTER PARTY

The County of Orangeburg and the Orangeburg Economic Development Commission will host a special community viewing celebration for more than 3,000 people in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center the night of the debate from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. S-H-M Memorial Center is located on Buckley Street on the SC State campus.

The viewing party/after party will feature food and entertainment, as well as the debate live on big screens, and will be open to students and community members. Candidates will stop by after the debate and visit. Tickets are free but will be required for admittance.

Tickets for both area college students and members of the general public to attend the Community Celebration Viewing and After Party will be available to pick up starting at 12 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at a table in S-H-M Memorial Center and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tickets are limited and those wishing to attend are advised to plan on picking up tickets as soon as they are available. The S-H-M ticket office will be open until all tickets are distributed. Hours for Monday, April 23, are from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Hours for ticket distribution on Tuesday, April 24, are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until all tickets are distributed. The Debate office will announce when all the Community Celebration tickets have been distributed.

Student tickets are available for all current college students possessing a valid student ID. Only one ticket per photo ID will be distributed.

Tickets for the general admission are also available. A photo ID is required to pick up a ticket and only one ticket per photo ID will be distributed.

Parking for Community Celebration attendees will be around S-H-M Memorial Center. Doors S-H-M Memorial Center open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required for admittance and there will be security at the door. No weapons, large bags, or signs on sticks will be permitted. All bags and items brought into S-H-M will be subject to search.

There will be a short pre-program starting at 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to watch the NBC Nightly News and the debate live on large screens.

Immediately following the debate, the Democratic candidates will visit the Community Celebration and speak to the crowd. There will be food and entertainment.

For additional information contact Patrick Norton, S.C. Democratic Party, at 803-799-7798, or Erica Priouleau, SC State University, at 803-533-3617. E-mail debate@scdp.org.