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Celebrate our role as host of the 2012 presidential debate with DebateFest—a free, ticketed, on-campus, outdoor event with food, live music, activities—followed by a live, outdoor telecast of the debate.

When: October 3, 2012
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Central University of Denver campus/Carnegie Green,
2199 South University Boulevard
Denver, Colorado  80208
United States
Contact: Winter Wall

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Celebrate our role as host of the 2012 presidential debate with DebateFest—a free, ticketed, on-campus, outdoor event with food, live music, activities—followed by a live, outdoor telecast of the debate.


Who:University of Denver students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the University neighborhood

When:3 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3; Please note: While we recommend you arrive early, gates don't open until 3 p.m.

Where: central University of Denver campus/Carnegie Green, off University Boulevard, between Evans Avenue and Warren Circle (aka, Daniel L. Ritchie Memorial Way)


Thank you for your interest in attending DebateFest.

We have had a tremendous response from DU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. As a result we have reached capacity and are no longer accepting registrations. This is a capacity-controlled event, so only those who have pre-registered and provide IDs at the gate will be admitted.

For information about other events related to the upcoming Presidential Debate, see the DU Presidential Debate Event Series.

Parking:There will be no on-campus parking available for DebateFest.We encourage you to walk, take RTD buses and/or light rail, or ride your bike, if possible.

Apply for a booth on Issues Alley:
If you'd like to share information and perspectives about:

  • topics that will be discussed in the presidential debate hall;
  • issues of concern to the people of Colorado; or
  • diverse views you think deserve exposure;

apply for a booth in our Issues Alley zone at DebateFest (PDF).

Please read all rules and guidelines for eligibility.

We'll have a complimentary bike valet at the event. We'll post details as they become available.

For more details, see our Parking and Transit page.

Getting in:Once you’ve registered with us, you'll need the following to be admitted into DebateFest:

  • DU students, faculty and staff: your Pioneer ID card
  • DU alumni and community members: yourgovernment-issuedphoto ID and a printed copy of your registration confirmation
  • children 16 and younger: while you don't need to present you photo ID, you must be accompanied by an adult with his/her own photo ID.

Coming and going:Please note: If you try to reenter DebateFest after it's reached its capacity, you won’t be allowed within the gates unless space becomes available.


  • Watch the debate via live telecast on the Green.
  • Brush up on local issues and causes, and learn about new onesby strolling down Issues Alley—a stretch of tables and tents staffed by area organizations with plenty of information to keep you informed.
  • Eat local foodfrom Denver's ever-growing and -popular food truck community.
  • Keep your kids entertainedin our children's activity area, which will feature games and more family friendly activities.
  • Enjoy live performanceson our main stage, featuring Zach Heckendorf, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Lumineers.
  • Get around via our bike valets—just part of our green, alternate transportation planfor the event.
  • Join us in supporting causessuch as recycling (using Denver Water recyclable cups and composting stations) and matching bone marrow donors (via Bonfils Blood Center).
  • Get involved; at DebateFest, you can register to vote, speak to military recruiters and learn about various other social causes.

We'll be adding more activities and vendors to this event, so keep checking back for more information.


Is the event family friendly?
Yes. We selected music and entertainment to ensure it was appropriate for all age groups; there will be something for everyone to do at the event.

Children may particularly enjoy DebateFest’s yard games, which several DU student organizations will host.

What security measures will be in place for the event?
The University’s Department of Campus Safety, G4S and the Denver Police Department will provide security during DebateFest. This will be a gated event.

Visitors must abide by all University of Denver policies and procedures—and by all local, state, and federal laws and ordinances—or may be asked to leave campus.

Will I get to be on TV?
We anticipate a significant local and national media presence at DebateFest.

DU staff also will be photographing and videotaping the event for possible future inclusion in University websites and printed materials.

Can I take my own pictures/videos?
Absolutely! We encourage you to bring your camera or video camera to the event.

Can I bring my pet with me to DebateFest?
For safety and security reasons, attendees cannot bring pets into DebateFest. However, we encourage you to visit the Dumb Friends League pet adoption van within the event.

Can I smoke at DebateFest?
Smoking will be permitted within designated smoking areas at DebateFest. Please note that illegal drugs are prohibited at DebateFest.

Can I bring alcohol?
For safety and security reasons, alcohol is prohibited at DebateFest. However, we encourage you to bring water and nonalcoholic beverages with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.

In addition, water and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from the food trucks, and the Denver Water Trailer will be on site.

Please note that glass bottles are prohibited at DebateFest.

Can I bring food?
Yes, you may bring food to DebateFest, but please be aware that glass containers are prohibited on site.

The event will feature 10 diverse local food trucks from which you can buy food and beverages, so we encourage you to visit them as well!

What items are prohibited at DebateFest?
Prohibited items include:

  • glass of any kind
  • firearms, weapons, and dangerous devices
  • artificial noisemakers—such as air horns and cowbells
  • Frisbees, beach balls, balloons, or projectiles
  • laser pointers
  • oversized signs or banners
  • any signage with a stick or pole attached
  • fireworks
  • illegal drugs or alcohol
  • hard-sided containers of any size or style, including coolers or thermoses

I will be attending DebateFest and need ADA accommodations while I am at the event. Whom should I contact?
Please contact Winter Wall at or Hannah Eddy at

How can I get involved?
We're currently recruiting DU student, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers.

Please fill out our volunteer application form and note that you’re interested in volunteering for DebateFest.

How can my company/business/organization/group get involved?
Please contact Winter Wall at or Hannah Eddy at to discuss opportunities to get involved with DebateFest.

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