Wright State to host first 2016 presidential debate


FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS has just learned that Wright State University will host a presidential debate during the 2016 general election season.

It will hold the first debate on Monday, September 26, 2016.

The announcement was made Wednesday on the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

“We appreciate the many applications we received and are delighted with the sites we have selected. We look forward to working with these fine universities and their students and communities to bring these important civic events to the nation,” said Co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf.

Other presidential debates will be held at Longwood University in Virginia in October, followed by debates in St. Louis and Las Vegas.

We first told you in April that Wright State was being considered as a host of a debate. It was chosen from 16 other possible locations.

Wright State and the Nutter Center had to meet a long list of requirements including 17,000 square feet of space to hold the crowd. It also had to have enough space to accommodate media satellite trucks. Interestingly enough, it also had to have air conditioning.

Wright State already has a countdown on its website announcing the debate.  President David Hopkins is quoted on that website as saying:

I could not be any prouder of our university and the fact that the Commission on Presidential Debates has entrusted Wright State to host such an important event,” said Dr. David Hopkins, president of the university. “I appreciate the fact that the commission had the daunting challenge of selecting just a few institutions out of a group of 16 applicants, and the fact that Wright State is one of the selectees is very gratifying and humbling. I am confident that our university will excel in supporting the commission and represent our students, faculty and staff, community, and the State of Ohio in a way that we will all be proud of. This is a huge “win” for all of us.”

The community is already asking how to get tickets for the debate.  Wright State tweeted:


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