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The debate

Tickets for the debate will not be available to the general public, nor can they be purchased. Learn more about tickets.

We expect the debate to run from about 7 - 9:30 p.m. (MDT) on Oct. 3—with live TV coverage beginning as early as 6:30 p.m. (check local listings).


If you live close to DU campus, you can attend DebateFest, a celebratory event with music, food, activities, and an outdoor debate watch party, from 3 - 9 p.m. on the University's Carnegie Green. Read more about DebateFest.

Neighborhood impact

We're doing everything we can to ensure you're not inconvenienced by debate preparations and day-of events. We appreciate your cooperation and patience, and hope you can use this page to prepare for any disruptions.

Sept. 21

  • We'll begin construction to prepare for the debate.
  • One lane of Buchtel Avenue will close and will remain closed through the debate.

Week of Sept. 24

  • Crews will begin building a fence around the Ritchie Center, where the debate will be held. While you'll be able to access buildings, please expect limited entry points. We'll post signs to help you get around campus.
  • Traffic will likely become heavy and disruptive. Our Parking and Transportation Services staffs are working to minimize how this impacts you.

Debate week, Monday, Oct. 1 - Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Some areas of campus will be closed.
  • Buchtel Boulevard and Asbury Avenue may be closed from University Boulevard to High Street, from Oct. 1 - 3.
    If you live in the Buchtel Plaza Apartments or University Park Towers, you won't be able to leave or enter your parking lot on these days (though you will have pedestrian access to your building). Instead, please park in the RTD parking garage at the University RTD light rail station off Buchtel Boulevard and High Street.
  • The University of Denver campus will be closed on Oct. 3.
  • While RTD services will operate on Oct. 3, you can expect light rail service delays and bus route detours due to street closures. Visit the RTD website for updates and schedules to plan your travel.
  • Please expect parking and traffic disruptions or delays, and road closures, and or limited access.
  • Things will start getting back to normal on Oct. 4.

Please note that all plans are subject to change, based on security needs and requirements. Visit this site frequently for updates.

If you have specific questions, email Chase Squires.