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:
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!