Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally this weekend in Tampa. The presumptive GOP nominee for president is holding the event Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center at 11 a.m. with doors opening at 8 a.m. Tickets for the event are free.
Trump has won enough delegates to run for the White House. Supporters already began lining up at the convention center early Saturday morning, several hours before the start of the rally.
Karen Giorno, the southeast regional political director for the Trump campaign, told Tampabay.com that the venue will hold roughly 9,000 to 10,000 attendees, urging crowds to arrive early, leave nonessential items at home.
The event’s pre-program — featuring Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Sharon Day — will start about 10:15 a.m.
“The lines will be pretty long,” Giorno said.
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There won’t be special event parking spaces for attendees, said Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty, and the city currently has no plans to close any streets to accommodate the event.
The Florida Democratic Party will hold a press conference outside Trump’s rally. Organizers say the gathering is to protest Trump’s “racist rhetoric and divisive, dangerous” campaign.
Florida Democrats say they will also call for an independent investigation into Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the case surrounding Trump University.
That press conference is set to begin at 9 a.m. along Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park near the intersection of South Florida Ave. and Old Water Street.