Obamas, Bidens to visit UI Friday

Obamas, Bidens to visit UI Friday

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Sept. 7 campaign event scheduled for the Pentacrest
President Barack Obama in front of a Tiger Hawk bannerPresident Barack Obama delivers a policy speech on higher education affordability at the UI Field House on April 25, 2012.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden will visit the University of Iowa campus Friday, Sept. 7, for a campaign event on the university’s Pentacrest.

More information:

UPDATED: Full list of buildings and streets affected by the event

Alternate locations for affected classes

Ticket info from the Obama campaign

Media info from the Obama campaign

The event will be held on the lawn north of the Old Capitol between Jessup and Macbride halls. Free tickets will be distributed in advance.

Ticket holders will be admitted to the area starting around 1 p.m. Friday, with the president’s remarks slated for later in the day.

Event access

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required for entry. See the Obama campaign site for ticket information.

Attendees will enter the area from the north end of the T. Anne Cleary Walkway at Market Street after passing through airport-like security screening on Market. It is important to arrive early in order to pass through security.

Cameras and cell phones are permitted. Please limit personal belongings. Do not bring liquids, big bags, umbrellas, or sharp objects. Water will be provided at the event.

A designated protest area has been established at Hubbard Park near the Iowa Memorial Union.

ADA access

An accessible entrance for people with disabilities will be located near the corner of Clinton and Jefferson streets. Attendees may be dropped off at this corner.

Parking and transportation

Event attendees may use public parking facilities throughout downtown Iowa City and the central UI campus (see options and maps). Nearby parking is limited—please carpool when possible.

Additional parking is available at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Road in southeast Iowa City. Shuttle transportation will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., resuming immediately following the event.

For information on UI Cambus, Iowa City, and Coralville public transportation—including real-time bus tracking—see ebongo.org.

Buildings and streets affected by the event

For setup and safety reasons, access to various UI facilities and Iowa City streets will be limited on Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 7.

Affected buildings included the Old Capitol, Jessup Hall, and Macbride Hall, which will be closed all day Friday. Portions of Market Street, Jefferson Street, Clinton Street, and Iowa Avenue also will be closed much of Friday.

See more information on facilities affected.


The Obama for America campaign will provide media credentials and assist media who wish to cover the event. See the campaign’s website for details and media RSVP.

This event is hosted by University Democrats. It is not an official University of Iowa event.


Tom Moore, University Communication and Marketing, 319-356-3945


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