Can I Get Debate Tickets? The Presidential Face-Off Might Be Exclusive To Hofstra Students

Participants seats are ready prior to the second presidential debate to be held at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012. US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will face off later Tuesday in a town-hall style debate with undecided voters asking questions of the two candidates. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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The first presidential debate is set to take place at Hofstra University on Sept. 26, and if you're located anywhere near the area, you might be wondering if you can get tickets to the presidential debate. Well, you might only be in luck if you are one of the 6,824 undergraduate students or a graduate student at Hofstra. As per the university website, tickets to the debate will only be available to matriculated Hofstra students who have a minimum of six credits for the fall 2016 semester. Those students must also be eligible to vote.

And if you aren't a member of the Hofstra community, odds are that you wont be able to get tickets to the hottest show in town this fall. But Hofstra students should note that all undergraduate and graduate students "in good standing enrolled during the Fall 2016 semester" can volunteer for the debate, although registering to be a volunteer does not guarantee that a student will be placed in the venue. 

For those not blessed with a Hofstra University ID, contact the other universities that are lined up to host this year's debates  although tickets in these venues tend to be reserved for the campus community. But keep in mind that the first debate, moderated by NBC's Lester Holt, will be aired on a number of stations and websites, so there's more than one way to see the show. 

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Located in Hempstead, New York, Hofstra University was also home to the second presidential debate in 2012. Wright University, located in Dayton, Ohio, was originally slotted to host the first 2016 presidential debate, but withdrew in July, citing security concerns as the major reason for the decision. Hofstra has already secured the $5 million funding needed to stage the debate on the Long Island campus, and students are gearing up for the political event. 

Republican nominee Donald Trump had complained that the airing of the debate would conflict with the Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, but the event is set to go on as scheduled. The second debate, set for Oct. 9, is scheduled to air at the same time as a Green Bay Packers / New York Giants game. 

So despite the tension between Trump and Hillary Clinton over her "basket of deplorables" comment, as well as criticisms Trump has lobbed against Clinton regarding her health, the stage for the first 2016 presidential debate is set. 

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