Oct. 6, 2012—It might look effortless, but hosting the first Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3 took nearly a year of planning, preparation and work by scores of students, faculty, staff, alumni and University community members working side-by-side with city, state and federal officials, as well as the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), to make it happen seamlessly. More than 1,000 guests were in the audience in the Debate Hall, including about 300 University of Denver students, and millions around the world watched on television and on the Internet.
Debate Day: By The Numbers
1: Presidential Debate at the University of Denver
2: Miles of security fencing
3: Outstanding local bands performing at DebateFest
3.2: Gigawatts needed to back up all technology (enough to power 3,200 homes)
6: Major networks covering the Debate
6: Miles of I-25 closed
7: Percent increase in @uofdenver Twitter followers in one week
8: Months planning and installation with CenturyLink telecommunications timeline
(But ... 48 hours: Time for CenturyLink to remove telecommunications)
12:Food trucks at DebateFest
17: Romney surrogate signs spotted in Spin Alley (5 spotted Obama surrogate signs in Spin Alley)
24: Percent increase in Facebook.com/UofDenver "Likes"
30: Booths in "spin alley"
45: Degrees of temperature change during Debate Day (high of 79 at 2 p.m., 61 at debate start, down to 54 at debate finish, 34 at midnight – source: National Weather Service)
50: Booths in Issues Alley in DebateFest
55: Rent-a-Center television sets placed in Hamilton Gym
56: Miles of electric cable laid
109: The number of programs, lectures and events in Debate Event Series from Oct. 31, 2011 to Oct. 3, 2012
300: (give or take) DU students in the Debate Hall
400: Number of University of Denver alumni hosting debate-in-a-box parties (more than 3,300 attendees, from 40 states and five countries outside the U.S. : Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa and Israel).
650: Individual work stations inside media filing station
700: International journalists (representing 47 countries)
850: (plus or minus) Volunteers helping with debate and debate-related events and activities
1,000: (plus a few more): Seats in the Debate Hall
1,300: Specially installed phone/ethernet ports
3,000: Credentialed media inside the perimeter
5,000: Estimated guests at Debatefest
25,000: Attendees (approximate) at Debate Event Series events between January 2012 and Debate Day
100,000: Feet of CenturyLink wire (enough to wire a small town)
10,300,000: Debate-related tweets during the 90 minutes of the debate, a record for Twitter (according to social media service Mashable).
67,200,000: Estimated number of viewers watching the Debate in U.S. (source: Nielsen)