Neighboring Belmont University to host presidential debate Oct. 22

The 2020 presidential debate season will culminate just a few blocks from Vanderbilt, as neighboring Belmont University prepares to host the final debate on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Vanderbilt University Public Safety has been communicating closely with the campus security team at Belmont to monitor developments and determine any possible impact to the Vanderbilt community.

Currently, no major disruptions are expected on the streets bordering the Vanderbilt campus. However, members of the Vanderbilt community who live near Belmont are encouraged to monitor news reports regarding possible delays due to traffic and protests and demonstrations.

Vanderbilt community members are also reminded that the debate is a private event. Tickets will not be available for the general public. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis, seating for the debate will be extremely limited in order to abide by city and state public health guidelines. There also will be a high level of security for the event, involving coordination between city, state and federal law enforcement officials.

The debate is scheduled to air on most major networks from 8 to 10 p.m. central time, on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Members of the Vanderbilt community should remember that Vanderbilt’s COVID safety and gatherings protocols apply both on and off campus.

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