SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — As the country continues to react to the heated presidential debate Tuesday night, the University of Utah is preparing to host the next election debate between the vice presidential candidates.
Temporary fencing as well as large tents and trailers have been set up in President’s Circle to host debate staff and media.
“We are in the final stretch of getting everything ready on the University of Utah campus,” university spokesperson Shawn Wood told 2News.
For a long time, the state of Utah has been a fly-over state. We’re hoping this changes that perception.”
The Oct. 7 debate will take place in Kingsbury Hall and have a limited in-person audience in order to maintain social distance.
The campus is currently in a "circuit breaker" period, meaning in-person classes have been paused to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The remote learning will continue through next week’s debate.
The University was selected in in October 2019 to host the vice presidential debate.
This is a chance for the University of Utah to take part in the political process first hand and witness history in the making,” Wood said.
You can read details about the university’s debate plans on the Debate2020 website.