Access & Events Affected By President's Visit To Campus

Nov. 1, 2012

President Barack Obama will make a campaign appearance at Fifth Third Arena on Sunday, Nov. 4. Because the event is open to the public, it is expected that traffic will be heavy and affect access to the campus and to campus facilities from early afternoon through late Sunday evening. Please take this information into account as you plan travel to and from campus on Sunday.

UC parking garages will be operational at normal rates and normal access throughout Sunday. There is no shuttle bus service on Sunday, as is the normal schedule.

Doors to the Fifth Third Arena, 2700 Varsity Way, will open at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The event is free, but tickets are needed to get inside the facility. General seating tickets for the event Sunday are being handled by the Obama campaign. For access to tickets, see Tickets can also be picked up at the East Concourse of Fifth Third Arena, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. A limited number of tickets will be reserved for UC students.

Two Athletics events will be relocated to accommodate this event:

  • The UC Women’s Basketball exhibition game against Kentucky Wesleyan College will move to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and take place at 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend and parking on the Cincinnati State campus is open and free on Sunday. The season tip-off reception that was scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled. It will now take place on Friday, November 9, prior to the Bearcats women’s basketball regular season opener versus Northern Kentucky University.
  • The UC Volleyball match against Villanova University will now take place in the practice gym located on the first floor of the Lindner Center. Due to logistics of the location which includes very limited spectator seating availability, there will be no admission to this match beyond the guest lists of the participating teams.

    The Starling Chamber Orchestra, independently of the President's visit, has rescheduled its Sunday performance and will now perform off-campus at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Clifton Community Arts Center.


    All expenses for this event are paid for by the Obama campaign. During the current election cycle, the university received inquiries from both major parties and several minor-party candidates about space availability. The university accommodates election events where possible, so long as all expenses are covered by the campaigns.