2016 presidential debate: Why Wright State?

Wright State University Nutter Center. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Wright State University Nutter Center. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright State will host the first presidential debate in 2016. It’s a big deal for the university and the Miami Valley.

Not only will we have hundreds of visitors, the Nutter Center will be showcased to millions of people watching on TV.  So, why was Wright State chosen out of the 16 potential sites?

First and foremost, the choice comes down to money. Past host sites have paid one million dollars or more.  All the applicants have to submit a bid to the Commission on Presidential Debates. They decide where it will be.  Their executive director told 2 NEWS Investigates Wright State was selected because they submitted a very good bid.

We’re still working to find out exactly how much Wright State will pay, but we found there are a few other requirements that need to be met.

According to CPD’s website, it has held all but three of its debates on college and university campuses. That choice is made on purpose, to get students involved in the process.
And the key location also has to meet a few other criteria.

The venue has to have at least 17,000 square feet of space, must have a large parking lot that can handle media trucks and hotels nearby that have up to 3,000 rooms for the event.

The committee also consults with members of the media and federal law enforcement before making the final picks.

The CPD typically announces the debate locations this early because it gives everyone time to logistically prepare for the big event.

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