WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Crowd control fences do not usually line the roads of the University of Hartford, they are just one way the campus had to get ready for a presidential visit in less than a week.
There were also logistics of classes.
"...and parking on campus and just the safety measures in place and a let alone figuring out how to distribute tickets," said University Spokesman David Isgur.
The Reich Family Center only holds so many people. Lindsay Stronfeld waited in line for three hours for her ticket.
"Why is it worth waiting three hours," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.
"Because it's the President! How many chances do you have to see the President," Stronfeld asked. "I was talking with my grandmother. She said in all her years she's never seen a President. So this campus is very excited and ready to go."
Other students will be able to watch at various spots around campus. The speech itself, which is scheduled to take place at 5:45p.m., will call on Congress to tighten gun laws in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, just 45 miles from the University of Hartford campus.
"When we learned about it we weren't really sure how close we were, but then we realized how close we are to them," said freshman Brittany Capossela. "It affected us too and it worries people, so it's good that he's coming here to talk about it."
Tom Moran flew all the way from Michigan to hold up his banner and speak his mind.
"I've got a daughter who's 26. She grew up to be a doctor," said Moran. "Lots of parents lost their kids. Moms and dads need to speak up if anything's going to happen. That's why I came here today."
Monday's trip will be the second one that President Obama has made to our state since the shootings. The visit comes less than a week after Connecticut passed its own gun control legislation.
The event is not open to the public. This is the first time a sitting president has visited the University of Hartford campus.
"For those of us in Connecticut who have experienced the tragedy of the Sandy Hook Elementary School this is an especially important and emotional topic," University President Walter Harrison said in a
statement. "I am very proud of our University and I can't wait for President Obama to see it."
According to the
Associated Press, the Sandy Hook Promise says the President is bringing victims' relatives with him on his plane after he delivers his speech today.
Because of the presidential visit, a number of road closures are expected in the afternoon and early evening in the area around the campus.
Major delays are expected between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. along Bloomfield Ave., and there will be periodic closures for the president's motorcade as it travels from Bradley International Airport to the university, and then back to Windsor Locks.
The university has cancelled classes between 2:55 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., but it will otherwise be open.
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