WashU Puts Finishing Touches on Campus Ahead of Debate

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Debate preparations are going full speed ahead at Washington University in advance of Sunday night’s showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The stage upon which Clinton and Trump will square off this weekend, doesn’t just spring up overnight. The process takes hundreds of technicians, stagehands and carpenters to get everything TV-ready.

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High intensity lights are being hung from the rafters, decorative stars are being placed in a circle on the debate floor, and wiring to support the thousands of media members who will be in attendance is being strung throughout the hall.

Senior Advisor for the Committee on Presidential Elections, Peter Eyre is helping to guide the process.

“Construction and preparations are underway,” Eyre says. “Today we finished lighting and start on the stage by tomorrow. We are pretty much ‘locked and loaded.'”

Eyre says this all counts as last-minute activity – the preparations for the 2nd presidential showdown has been underway for more than a year. He adds that they have a day of rehearsals, various system checks and they expect tens of millions of people from around the world to be watching.

Steve Givens chairs Washington University’s Debate Steering Committee says there are thousands of media outlets that will be there to cover it. He adds it’s transforming every square inch of the entire complex.

Sunday night’s debate is Town Hall style, meaning some questions will be taken from social media and read by hosts Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz. Others questions will be asked directly by those in the audience.

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(Amity Shedd/KMOX)

This is the fourth presidential debate hosted by Washington University since 1992.

They also were home to a vice presidential debate in 2008.

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