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Countdown to the Presidential Debate on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver: 8 days to go!

Sept. 25, 2012—The University of Denver's goal is to ensure that journalists and news media outlets covering the first Presidential Debate on Oct. 3 are informed about the resources and assistance available to you while you are a guest on our campus. On the DU Debate Website,  you'll find resources to help you research stories and prepare for your time on campus, including a downloadable media kit, links to our faculty experts, information about DebateFest and more.

Student Ticket Lottery Drawing

The Presidential Debate Student Ticket Lottery Drawing will be held on Monday, Oct. 1 at 9:45 a.m. on the Driscoll North Green (outdoors).  In case of inclement weather, the drawing will be moved indoors to Driscoll Center North.  Student government leaders will draw the names of lucky University of Denver students who will have an opportunity to be in the debate hall when the 2012 Presidential Debate comes to the DU campus on Wednesday, Oct. 3.  All current DU students (including first-years) and DU students who graduated this year are eligible.  Students who attended passport-eligible events in the Presidential Debate Event Series earned additional entries in the student debate ticket lottery.

Media Credential Pick Up

The deadline to apply for a credential has passed. Credentials will be needed on Oct. 1, 2, and 3rd, and will be necessary to enter the north side of campus where the Media Filing Center and Media Catering hall will be located.

If you have applied for and received a credential, you make pick up your credential on the following dates:

Monday, Oct. 1 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m.- 6p.m.

The Credentialing Center is located at Centennial Halls, 1870 S. High Street, Denver.

Rate Card

If you're a member of the media covering the Debate on campus, you must review our rate card (available via the Paramount Convention Services website). Remember, your media credential alone DOES NOT gain you access to the Media Filing Center. View the rate card to reserve items including:

a media-filing station—including chair and desk spaceTV monitorsoffice equipmentfurnishingsnetwork and affiliate setup equipmenttelecom services and Internet service

Review the rate card and make your reservations before Sunday, Sept. 30, to ensure they're available to you on Oct. 3.  Questions about the rate card can be directed to Ed Henderson at [email protected] or 303-871-4200.

Outdoor Stand-Up Location Lottery

The CPD media Team will be hosting the lottery draws for outdoor stand-up assignments on the following schedule:

Network (National offices of ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, FOX, NBC):  Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.Locals/Others:  Monday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.

Media organizations must have a representative present to draw.  These spaces must have been ordered via the rate card.

Spin Alley Location Lottery

The CPD media Team will be hosting the lottery draws for media spin alley assignments on the following schedule:

Network (National offices of ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, FOX, NBC):  Sunday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.Locals/Others:  Monday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.

Media organizations must have a representative present to draw. These spaces must have been ordered via the rate card.

Media Filing Center Hours

For those who have purchased a media filing center position through the rate card, the center will be open the following hours:

Monday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 a.m. until the last person leavesThursday, Oct. 4, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Media Catering

On Oct 1 and 2 food will be available for purchase in the catering tent. On Oct 3, Anheuser-Busch is providing free meals for media members in the Cable Center within the secured perimeter.


Nearly 7000 University of Denver students, staff, faculty, alumni and surrounding neighbors will attend DebateFest on Oct. 3 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The event, which will take place on campus south of Evans Ave., will include a fantastic lineup of local artists including Zach Heckendorf, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Lumineers; interactive amusement; delicious food from local and nationally renowned food trucks for purchase; and a Debate watch on a jumbo screen.  Pre-registration has now closed.  Please note that this event is not open to the general public, but media are welcome to attend.  Your media credential, press pass or media business card will get you in.  The media entrance will be located at the corner of University Blvd. and Evans Ave.  Please contact the DU Media Relations team if you have questions about DebateFest.

A Moment in Time and Social Media

DU will present "A DU Moment in Time," a photo project uniting the community on Debate day. At 6:30 p.m. MDT on Oct. 3, community members are invited to snap a photo of themselves, their watch party or whatever is going on around them. DU will combine the photos to create a snapshot of the University community, across the globe, at one historic moment in time. Photos should be emailed to mailto:[email protected]. Entries will appear on in the days following the Debate.

University staff and students will be posting photos, videos and live updates about what's happening on campus to on Oct. 2 and 3.

All Tweets should be tagged #debatedenver.


Twitter:  @ uofdenver/



Story Ideas and Experts

The University of Denver, as host of the first Presidential Debate in the Rocky Mountain region, can offer reporters a variety of expertise and story resources about the election and Colorado-specific politics.

The University of Denver's "Spotlight Colorado" experts can speak about Colorado's geographical and political makeup; the Hispanic vote; economics of the state; and important ballot issues with national impacts, including Colorado's upcoming ballot issue on legalizing marijuana across the state. Call (720) 608-0240 or email the DU Media Relations team to set up interviews and find story possibilities across the University.    The Media Relations team will also staff an "experts help desk" in the area outside of the Filing Center Oct.1-3.

The University of Denver is happy to answer questions about student activities, events, lectures, programs and our excitement about having the Debate on campus.  All questions relating to the selection process, logistics, and setup b-roll requests should be directed to the Bob Roy, Media Director for the Commission on Presidential Debates, at [email protected].

Spotlight Colorado Video Available

A panel of University and Colorado-based experts gathered in Washington, D.C. in August to discuss Colorado's important role as a purple state in the upcoming presidential election.

The group discussed the state's shifting political and business landscape, its electorate—including the growing Hispanic population and increasing number of independent voters—and other issues that are making news in Colorado. Watch the video.

Parking and Traffic

Please continue to check our Debate website, for updates. We anticipate major disruption to traffic around the University of Denver campus in the days preceding the Debate, and we will need your help to spread the word. On the day of the Debate, parking on campus will be nearly non-existent and there will be street closures around the University. More details will be communicated as they become known.

Featured Debate Event Series Events, September 25-October 3

The University of Denver will be hosting Debate-related lectures, salons and other events throughout the months leading up to the Debate. Events are continuously added, so for a full list of Debate Series events and more details about the events, visit the DU Debate Website.  All members of the media are invited to attend and cover these events.  Please contact the DU Media Relations team with any questions, or to let us know that you plan to attend.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Debate Film Festival presents "The Kennedy/Nixon Debate " Celebrate the University's Presidential Debate Event Series Film Festival with this special screening of "The Kennedy/Nixon Debate."

Monday Oct. 1: Our partisan gridlock: Let's talk about solutions

Join us first for a screening of the documentary Patriocracy, followed by a high-level panel discussion about such important topics as campaign finance reform, redistricting, open primaries and transparency. Released in 2011, Patriocracy explores the extreme partisan polarization in America and its impact on our ability to address the nation's most pressing concerns.

Monday, Oct. 1: Debate Film Festival presents "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

Enjoy this special screening of "Dr. Strangelove," part of the University of Denver's Presidential Debate Event Series Film Festival.