Whether you are going to support the President's Rally Thursday, protest, or simply watch the spectacle, there are some things to be aware of.Road Closures: In addition to the roads already closed for the HydroFest, expect most of the streets around the Ford Center and the Old National Events Plaza to be closed, beginning Wednesday (8/29/18) night.

Tickets: All tickets to the Rally are free, and available HERE

Entry Into the Ford Center:Doors will open at 4pm CST. Patrons will be lined up along Main Street.

Prohibited Items: According to a spokesperson for the Ford Center, in addition to the already items not allowed inside, the following will also be prohibited during Thursday's Rally:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than service/guide animals
  • Backpacks
  • Bags & Signs exceeding size restrictions
  • Balloons
  • Bicycles
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal or metal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/Pepper Spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Structures
  • Supports for signs and placards
  • Toy guns
  • Weapons of any kind (including ALL pocket knives)
  • Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

Upon entering the secured area, you consent to a search of your person and your belongings. You should also note that surrendered items will not be returned.

Some downtown offices are slated to close early, so call ahead, if you have any downtown business to take care of. In addition to the thousands of attendees expected, there will be a ton of security (Local, State, Secret Service) various media outlets, and random merchants set up along Main Street.

President Trump will be attending a fundraiser luncheon prior to the evening rally. That will be held at the Old National Events Plaza. If you are super rich, you can sit at a roundtable with the President for $25,000, photo ops are $10,000 each, and the reception is $1,000.

While most of the action will be waiting to see Air Force One land at Tri-State Aero. I have not heard of a specific time for his arrival, but many think it will be during the day. When President Obama landed in Evansville in 2014, there were people literally tailgating, and eating lunch waiting to see him land.