Vice Presidential Tickets Are Hard To Come By

by Maya Parthasarathy

It seems like the presidential election is all anyone can talk about these days, which makes sense since we’re in the last couple of months of the long election season. The vice presidential debate is on Tuesday, and it will take place at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. If you’re in the area, or even if you’re not, you might be wondering how to get tickets to the vice presidential debate.

The thing is, Longwood University has yet to announce how many people will be able to attend the debate in-person. The much-anticipated event will be taking place at Willett Hall, most likely in the Lancer Gym, which has 3,000 seats. Unfortunately, Longwood University does not know how many tickets it will receive, but on its website it states that students will have priority for tickets. So it seems like it will prove difficult to win one of the few tickets up for grabs — unless of course you're a student at the university.

But don't lose hope! If you’re in the area already, it may be worth it to show up to the Longwood campus anyway. The university will be having events before and during the debate, and there will be a campus watch party you can attend at Stubbs Mall from 9-11 p.m. ET.

If you can’t get your hands on a vice presidential debate ticket, consider also stopping by Longwood’s VP Jubilee from 12 -7 p.m. ET at Stubbs Mall. This free and open-to-the-public event is right outside Willett Hall, the debate venue, and includes debate-related booths, activities, and musical acts. Plus, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of the candidates, or at least some of their entourage.

Several news networks will be constructing sets on campus for the debate, and they are looking for a game day atmosphere, according to Longwood University. If you text "LUonTV" to 95577, you'll get texts notifying you about when and where live broadcasts are happening on debate day. Some of the networks that will be on campus before the debate include MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, and Bloomberg.

Much like the first presidential debate, there are plenty of other options to watch the debate from your own home (or friend's home, or hotel room), since it will be streaming on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as major news channels. The debate, which will be moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS, will take place on Oct. 4 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET and will be divided into nine segments of 10 minutes each. Monday's presidential debate was the most watched ever, with more than 84 million viewers tuning in. Let's see if the vice presidential debate can live up to those numbers.