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Romney Roundup: Speakers, Venue/Ticket Info and Traffic

Here's everything you need to know about Gov. Mitt Romney's visit to Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday evening.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is headed our way, and there's several points to keep in mind before his arrival.

Here's what you need to know: 

Venue/Ticket Info

Romney is expected to hold a "Victory Rally" at 7 p.m. in the Natatorium parking lot, which, over the last 24 hours, has been transformed into an outdoor venue complete with bleachers, stages and a big screen TV. 

The public may begin lining up whenever they wish outside the city gym, but according to a Romney spokesperson, attendees won't be let into the venue until 5 p.m.

Upon entering, all attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.

According to Aol Weather, temps will hover around 45 degrees by Tuesday evening with a 20 percent chance of precipitation. 

Free tickets can still be picked up at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday: 

Kent Victory Center
175 East Erie Street
Kent, OH, 44240

Stow Victory Center
3889 Darrow Road
Stow, OH, 44224

Summit GOP HQ
1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250
Akron, OH 44313

Wadsworth Victory Center
300 Weatherstone Drive, Suite 107 
Wadsworth, OH, 44281

As of Monday evening, 10,000-plus tickets had been given away. Click here for additional ticket information. 

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart hopes roughly 15,000 people will attend the event, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

Speakers and entertainment

Mayor Robart is expected to hit the stage at 7 p.m. to kick off the event. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Romney are due to take the stage at approximately 7:35 p.m.

According to mittromney.com, country music singer Jo Dee Messina will provide the entertainment.

Natatorium and road closures

  • 4th Street will be closed to traffic from Stow Avenue to Oakwood Drive on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Oakwood Drive will be closed to traffic from 2nd Street to 4th Street on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Drivers may also experience some delays when the Romney motorcade arrives in
the Portage Trail, 2nd Street, 3rd Street and 4th Street area, according to a city press release.

For security purposes, the Natatorium will be closed to the public throughout Tuesday. 

Given the all-day closure, annual and monthly Natatorium members will have their memberships extended by one day.

The city gym will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 a.m.

According to Mayor Robart's assistant Becky English, "any costs that are incurred by the city as a result of this event will be paid for by the Republican National Committee in Washington D.C." 

Patch Local Editors John Deike, Amanda Harnocz and Megan Rozsa will provide live-tweeting/storify coverage, photos, video and general reporting throughout the afternoon and evening. Stay tuned!

Linda Whited October 09, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The mayor has extended the membership for people who use the Natatorium by this one day that members of this lucky community have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The complainers sound like Democrats who I'm sure would welcome a visit to the same facility by Obama. Let's listen open mindedly to both sides before making a decision on who proposes the best solution to our deep problems. I am so concerned about economy--but also about our standing in the erupting problems across the world. The U.S. used to be strong and #1 in our world standing--with the focus ONLY on ourselves and our immediate situations, I believe we're losing sight of the forest for the trees. We need to regain that standing--for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
ml October 09, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I am certain that all locations were checked due to security traffic flow, etc. Anywhere its held by either candidate will disrupt something or someone. Be thankful you still have a job to worry about your work hours taken away. Perhaps you ought to spend the time listening to Romney ideas that will help you keep that job and bring back a bustling economy.
Brandon Moore October 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Paid by DC huh? Aaaand where do you think that money came from? Our pay checks! Tada!
Geoffrey Besso October 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Well put Hef. I know a local resident who is going to walk for 1 hour each way with her kids so she can see Romney in person. What a great opportunity for our local communities. We have a big decision to make this fall and I hope you get the answers you need.
Rachel October 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
"Be thankful you still have a job to worry about your work hours taken away." Wow. Would you be thankful if you had to take a cut in pay if either candidate was coming to visit? For the record, I don't work for the city. I just think it's insulting to those hard working individuals to have to lose a day's wages. And for the record, I have spent time listening to Romney's ideas. Both sides of many issues, in fact. I agree that an influx of people is good for the city's businesses. I just take issue with forcing people to take a day off work without pay.

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