Folks who want to see Gov. John Kasich deliver his State of the State address in Medina next month but can’t get tickets still will be able to participate in the event.
Mayor Dennis Hanwell has invited residents to come together Feb. 24 at the Medina High School gymnasium — just a couple hundred feet from where Kasich will address a joint session of the General Assembly at the Medina Performing Arts Center.
“We thought it would be an opportunity for the public to get together and watch the event live without tickets,” Hanwell said.
He said the “watch party” will allow area residents to participate in the excitement of the event by viewing it in the gym on closed-circuit television.
The high school has a closed-circuit television system that connects the Performing Arts Center and the gymnasium so the logistics of planning were easy, he said.
Hanwell said the gym can accommodate about 2,400 students.
“Adults take up a little more room, but I think even still we can get between 1,000 and 2,000 people in there,” he said.
Hanwell said the city had to get permission from the governor’s office to add the watch party, but after the office scouted out the location and made sure there could be a security gate between the speech area and watch party area, Kasich’s office gave the OK.
“They had to make sure there would be enough security and parking,” Hanwell said.
Doors to the gymnasium will open at 5:30 p.m. and area residents are encouraged to be in place by 6:30 p.m. for the start of the 7 p.m. address. Only the gym doors labeled B3 will be open to attend the watch party.
Watch party attendees are encouraged to park at Sidney Fenn Elementary School, Claggett Middle School or the Kindergarten Center lots.
Hanwell said the speech also will be broadcast on Channel 37 on local cable TV.
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