SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Sunday is the day: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is expected to formally announce his candidacy for president of the United States at Studebaker Building 84 in downtown South Bend.
The location for Buttigieg’s announcement was changed Friday to Studebaker Building 84. Initially, as NewsCenter 16 first reported Monday, the event was scheduled to take place outdoors. The street closures that were scheduled in order to accommodate the outdoor event are no longer in effect, but traffic could still be congested as locals and visitors alike descend on downtown South Bend in anticipation of the announcement.
According to Chris Meagher, Buttigieg’s National Press Secretary, the change of venue was made due to the threat of inclement weather.
Gates at Studebaker Building 84 opened at noon. An official time for Buttigieg's remarks have not been released, but NewsCenter 16 will begin coverage live from the venue around 2 p.m. Again, you can watch that coverage on WNDU-TV or online at wndu.com/livestream or on the NewsCenter 16 Facebook page.
For more insight into the venue change and the expected content of Buttigieg's announcement, click here.
As of about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, no more supporters were allowed into the venue. People still interested in attending are being directed to a nearby overflow area.
The following information was posted to the Facebook event page:
Access to this standing room only event will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While the event has been moved indoors due to severe weather, attendees are encouraged to dress for cold weather conditions and wear comfortable footwear. A limited amount of seating will be available to individuals with assistive devices. Guests will be subject to airport style security including bag checks and should bring as few personal items as possible. Items including, but not limited to, weapons, signs, flags, sharp objects, or liquids will NOT be permitted in the venue.
All guests with disabilities should plan to approach Studebaker Building 84, heading southbound on S Lafayette Boulevard. ADA parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Studebaker Building 84 main lot. Upon parking, please follow signs directing individuals to “Table A.” Here volunteers will escort you to ADA accessible seating. ASL interpretation will be provided.
Guests are encouraged to park at the recommended locations listed below, utilizing public transportation when possible, or utilizing ride share services and dropping off and picking up at the cross streets of South Street and S Lafayette.
The event is a 10-12 minute walk from the recommended parking structures below. A limited number of shuttles will be made available to guests with mobility issues. The shuttles will run from the Leighton Parking garage to the Studebaker building, beginning at 11AM EST, and will resume service at the end of the event to assist guests in getting back to the garages.
Parking recommendations are the Wayne Street garage (the intersection of MLK Blvd. and E Jefferson) and Leighton Parking garage (the intersection of S Michigan and W Jefferson).