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Limited number of tickets available for Obama’s speech in Lawrence

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College earlier this month in Knoxville, Tenn. Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class. (Jan. 9, 2015)
President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College earlier this month in Knoxville, Tenn. Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class. (Jan. 9, 2015) Associated Press

A limited number of tickets to President Obama’s speech Thursday at the University of Kansas will be available to the public.

The tickets are free and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St., in Lawrence.

Only one ticket will be given per person. Overnight camping will not be allowed.

KU students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID can get tickets starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the SUA Box Office, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., in Lawrence.

Obama is scheduled to begin delivering his remarks, which will encompass themes from Tuesday’s State of the Union address, at 11:20 a.m. Thursday at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, 1575 Irving Hill Road, in Lawrence.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

Except for a limited number of handicap-accessible spots, public parking will not be available around the sports pavilion. Guests are asked to park in Lots 301 and 302, which are accessible from Crestline Drive and 23rd Street. Shuttle service will be available.

Bags, signs and banners will not be permitted inside the pavilion during the president’s speech.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in Topeka aboard AirForce One on Wednesday evening. Those unable to obtain a ticket to Thursday’s speech can watch it via live-stream video on www.whitehouse.gov/live.

He will be the fourth sitting president to visit KU. He last visited Kansas in 2011 to give a speech in Osawatomie.

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