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President Obama visits UCM


Ticket and Event Information
President Barack Obama

The University of Central Missouri is pleased to host President Barack Obama Wednesday, July 24 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Information you need to know about free tickets, parking and other details is provided below.

Tickets - As of 11:15 a.m. Monday, July 22 all tickets for the event had been handed out.

  • Ticket distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis, and begins at 10 a.m. Monday, July 22 at the lobby of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
  • One ticket per person, and they can only be obtained at the distribution site.
  • Doors to the Rec Center will be open at 1:45 p.m. on July 24.
  • For those who cannot obtain tickets, the university is reserving Elliott Union Rooms 236 and 238 to show streaming video of the event as it happens.
  • Those attending should be prepared to stand for a significant amount of time prior to and during the presentation.

Parking Information

Individuals attending President Obama’s speech are encouraged to park in lots 60 and 62, directly east of the Ellis Residential Hall Complex, 310 Christopher St. These lots are within walking distance to the Student Wellness and Recreation Center. Attendees utilizing these lots should walk west on Anderson Street, which is on the south side of lot 60, then cross the pedestrian overpass and continue west to the Rec Center.

Additional parking will be located in lots 10, 29, 30 68, 32, 28, 11, and 50, which are near the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Use Drummond Street (one block south of Clark Street) to access these lots, as Clark Street from College Street to Maguire Street will be closed Wednesday.  Also, individuals walking from these lots will be required to use the Elliott Union mall, which is located between the Union and the Wood/Martin Building complex, and then use the sidewalk on north side of the Humphrey’s Building to access the venue. In addition, lots 1/26 and lot 27, which are located at South Street and Holden Street, will be used for event parking. Attendees parking in these lots should use the sidewalk on the north side of the Humphrey’s Building to access the venue. Parking is available in lot 24 for guests with disabilities.

Personnel and/or signage will help direct people to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Shuttle Service

A shuttle will be available to pick up individuals attending the speech. Passenger pickup is at the east side of the James L. Kirkpatrick Library, west side of the library, and on the east side of Ellis Hall on Christopher Street. Drop-off is at Maguire and South streets.

After-Event Food, Social Opportunities

To help celebrate this historic day, everyone attending President Obama’s speech or participating in online viewing is invited to share an opportunity to relax, visit with friends and co-workers while enjoying free food and beverages. The event will take place immediately after the president’s speech in the Elliott Union.