Inside UNLV’s preps for final presidential debate


As a swing state, Nevada is always in the forefront during election season, but in just eight days, all eyes will truly be glued on Nevada for the final presidential debate which is being held in Las Vegas.

It will be held on the campus of UNLV at the Thomas and Mack Center.  Ever since the announcement, the excitement has continued to grow on the school’s campus.

However, holding the last debate at UNLV is a historic event that took more than a year’s preparation.

So is the university ready?  It says it is.

Expected on the campus of UNLV next Wednesday: 1,000 volunteers, $5,000 journalists, hundreds of community leaders and the two candidates.

“I think it all kind of sunk in last Sunday when we heard the moderator from Washington University in St. Louis say, ‘join us for the final Presidential Debate on October 19th at the University of Las Vegas,’ said Tony Allen, Media Relations Director at UNLV.  “That put a big smile on our face.  This is a historic moment for the whole state. Nevada has never hosted a general election debate of any kind, so it’s a big deal for UNLV.”

“It’s going to be very interesting, and the result of this debate could actually determine who wins the election,” said Rick Palenik, a freshman at UNLV.

Man are looking forward to another spirited debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and business mogul Donald Trump.

“Hillary Clinton is winning, said Amber Jazwiecki, a junior at UNLV.  “It’s just — if you watch the debates, you just can’t really argue with that because Donald Trump is acting like a 4-year-old and Hillary Clinton’s like an adult.”

“A lot of my political views align with Donald Trump specifically,” said Rick Palenik, a freshman at UNLV.  “He’s a businessman, and I think that he is massively capable of solving some of the problems that have come to be.”

The hefty price tag for the event is 30 million dollars.

“We think this is well worth the investment,” Allen said.  “We think that any impact when you look at the return on that investment is going to far outstrip any of those impacts.”

Everyone agrees, the day of the debate will be monumental.

“What happens here and what happens during that debate a week from Wednesday could decide the election, and how exciting is that,” Allen said.  “It’s going to happen here at UNLV and in Las Vegas.”

UNLV will reportedly receive $85 million market value’s worth of publicity.

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