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Thousands gather at UCF for Trump rally, protest

Updated: Mar 5, 2016 – 11:43 AM


Supporters and protesters gathered Saturday at the University of Central Florida ahead of a campaign visit by Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

The event was originally scheduled for noon, but the start time was pushed back to 2:30 p.m. due to an overlapping event at the school.

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Heavy traffic is expected in the area of the CFE Arena.

Campaign officials estimate nearly 20,000 people will attend the rally.

The Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service will assist the UCF Police Department in securing the event.

Neither signs nor large bags are allowed in the arena.

A portion of Gemini Boulevard in front of the arena will be shut down, beginning at 6 a.m.

Free parking will be available at the following locations on campus:

Garage D (across from CFE Arena): accessible via North Orion Boulevard or Gemini Boulevard

Garage H (next to Fairwinds Alumni Center): accessible via Gemini Boulevard

Garage F (behind CFE Arena): accessible via North Orion Boulevard

E Lots (by Bright House Networks Stadium): accessible via North Orion Boulevard

East Plaza Drive will be closed to traffic and West Plaza Drive will be accessible only for those parking in Garage F and for residents of Towers III and IV.

The CFE Arena seats 10,000 and the rally is free and open to the public.

Doors open at 12 p.m.

Tickets are available here.

Protest information is available here.

The rally will be livestreamed here.

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