Ohio State University wants people planning to attend President Barack Obama's campaign kickoff rally at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday to RSVP.
The event is free, open to the public and does not require tickets. To make a reservation, go to my.barackobama.com/page/s/ohio-rally.
Doors will open about 10:30 a.m.; Obama is scheduled to speak at 1:25 p.m. All attendees will go through airport-style security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No big electronics, bottles, large bags, liquids, sharp objects, signs or umbrellas will be allowed. Cameras and cellphones will be permitted.
Free parking will be available at the Schottenstein Center and also at other nearby campus locations.
A limited number of disability spaces will be available at the Schott. Disability and general parking also will be available at the Buckeye lot off of Ackerman Road and Rt. 315. A free bus will shuttle people between the lot and the arena, from 6 a.m. until one hour after Obama's visit.
People should expect delays. Police officers will be on hand to direct traffic. Because of limited spaces, carpooling and walking are encouraged.
Two other events on campus also might affect traffic on Saturday: the Capital City Columbus Half Marathon and State Science Day. Officials said the marathon will close Olentangy River Road south of the Schottenstein Center, and Lane Avenue east of the arena, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Those coming to campus for the Obama rally at this time should use Woody Hayes Drive and Fyffe Road.
Attendees to the Science Day event also will be parking around Ohio Stadium, French Field House and St. John Arena. Officials suggest judges arrive by 8 a.m. via eastbound Lane Avenue to St. John Arena and students should arrive via eastbound Woody Hayes Drive to set up their projects by 8:30 a.m. in the French Field House to avoid campaign traffic.
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