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Camping Out For Tickets To President's Speech

Amherst, NY (WBEN) - A handful of parents and some students were in line early Tuesday morning camping out for tickets to President Obama's upcoming speech Thursday at UB.

By 2pm on Tuesday, the line grew long with hundreds of people looking for tickets.

Students and faculty are invited to take part in a lottery for tickets, but for the general public, those tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis at the Alumni Arena Box Office  beginning  at 5 pm Tuesday.

Denise Camarre of Newfane was taking no chances 

"We've been here since 1:30 am," she says " It's not that we are afraid that they will sell out, we wanted to be number one in line," she says.

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 Jordan Camarre, Camping out for Obama Tickets


The president will speak on higher education, and affordable tuition issues Thursday. Camarre (pictured above, center) says the issue is important to her and her son Jordan (L) , a  senior at Newfane High School, with political aspirations.

"It's something that doesn't happen all the time, especially in the great city of Buffalo. It's just a one in a lifetime opportunity, " Jordan said.

 Doors to the arena will open at nine for a speech near 11 am .

The University has announced  doors will open at 9am Thursday for the President's speech. The public will be invited but tickets will be required. The speech begins at 11:15 am.

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 Alumni Arena. Cameras are permitted.

Governor Cuomo will greet the president at the airport Thursday morning before he boards a bus to UB-- and then continues on for stops in Syracuse and Binghamton- touting affordable higher education and pressing congress for changes.

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