The trip, part of Obama's upcoming bus tour to Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton PA, is expected to focus on education issues.
University at Buffalo Director of Special Events Bill Regan said that he did not know the details of the President's visit, but hoped to have a better idea of the plans by the beginning of next week. Regan said that no official location on campus has been decided to host Obama, but the Alumni Arena seems to be the favorite.
The Alumni Arena could hold about 6,500 spectators for such an event. Another option would be to hold the event at the Center For The Arts main stage, which could hold 1,750. No details on when tickets would be available, or whom they would be available to, are available.
Late Friday morning the University released the following statement from University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
“The University at Buffalo is very pleased and proud to host President Obama. The president’s visit to UB will be a historic occasion for our university and our community, and we are happy to provide a forum for the president to address issues important to our nation. Fostering a public space for discussing pressing societal issues is vital to our mission as a leading research university focused on advancing the greater public good. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host such a timely and meaningful conversation here at UB.
“On behalf of the entire Buffalo Niagara region, we look forward to welcoming the President of the United States to our university and our community.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama will explain his ideas for reducing costs and improving value.
The White House says Obama will embark on a 2-day bus tour next week, stopping in Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton in New York. He'll also visit northeastern Pennsylvania.
The tour extends Obama's recent effort to refocus on economic issues ahead of looming fiscal fights with Congress. He's discussed infrastructure and housing in other cities.
Obama has said he's planning an aggressive strategy on costs so Americans can get training needed for the rapidly changing economy. A first step came last week when Obama signed a bipartisan bill to restore lower student loan interest rates.