WATERLOO, Iowa — President Barack Obama will appear at the RiverLoop Amphitheater Tuesday evening, the Obama campaign confirmed at midday Friday.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The campaign is not specifying a start time for the program, so people will arrive in plenty of time. Local sources say a start time of approximately 8 p.m. is anticipated.
Ticket distribution for the event begins at noon Saturday at local Obama campaign headquarters at 512 Mulberry St., in the former Mandarin Cafe building across from Lincoln Park. It is also where Black Hawk County Democrats' headquarters are located.
The Tuesday event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
People can find out if tickets are still available calling Obama Waterloo headquarters, 610-5899, or Black Hawk County Democrats at 236-2992.
WATERLOO — President Barack Obama will ride into Waterloo on a tour bus for a 8 p.m. Tuesday campaign appearance in Waterloo, at a venue likely to be in or near downtown, multiple sources said Thursday.
Erin Seidler, a Waterloo native working with the Obama Iowa campaign said the president will be traveling via tour bus on a three-day swing through several Iowa cities. The Waterloo stop will be at the end of the second day, after campaign stops earlier that day in Oskaloosa and Marshalltown. The swing begins Monday in Council Bluffs and Boone.
Black Hawk County Democrats chairwoman Pat Sass confirmed the 8 p.m. Tuesday start time for the Waterloo event, but not a location, though she did confirm the president will appear in Waterloo, and not any large venue in Cedar Falls.
Multiple sources say the president will be appearing at the new RiverLoop Amphitheatre, off Cedar Street downtown between US Bank and the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Amphitheater event coordinator Melissa McKean said Thursday she was not at liberty to comment.
Seidler said it is campaign policy not to comment publicly on any campaign venue site until a contract for facility’s use has been signed. She said it also has not yet been confirmed whether the president will stay overnight in Waterloo, his last stop for the day, before heading to rallies in Dubuque and Davenport on Wednesday, when he will be joined by first lady Michelle Obama.
According to longtime local politicos and Courier files, Tuesday evening’s event is the first presidential visit to Waterloo in eight years and only the third in nearly 30. President George W. Bush held a re-election rally at Waterloo Riverfront Stadium in 2004 and President Ronald Reagan appeared at McElroy Auditorium on the National Cattle Congress grounds in 1984.
Obama was here multiple times in 2007-08 as a U.S. senator and presidential candidate prior to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Former President Bill Clinton, after leaving office, also appeared at the NCC fairgrounds in early 2008, campaigning prior to the caucuses for his wife, then U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, now U.S. secretary of state.