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What to know about traffic, security ahead of Bernie Sanders' Phoenix visit

The rally starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, March 5. There are no road closures, but traffic will be heavy.

PHOENIX — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is headed to Arizona. 

Sanders will hold a rally in Phoenix on Thursday, March 5, at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the same venue where President Donald Trump held a rally last month

It's Sanders' first visit to Arizona during the 2020 campaign. 

The doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the rally starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are not required to get in, but the campaign is taking RSVPs. It is a free event, but parking at the Coliseum is $10 per vehicle.

Entrance to the event is first-come, first-served.

As was the case at Trump's rally, there will be a designated free-speech area along Encanto Boulevard and 18th Avenue. Stay on the sidewalks, as anybody who blocks roadways will be arrested for the misdemeanor offense of obstructing a public thoroughfare. 

There are no road closures planned in the area, but there may be some lane closures around the fairgrounds. 

There will likely be heavy traffic in the area, especially on 19th Avenue, McDowell Road and Grand Avenue. 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety will oversee safety and security inside the event. The Phoenix Police Department will be in charge of traffic control and law enforcement around the fairgrounds. 

Unlicensed vendors cannot sell anything in and around the fairgrounds.

The following items are not allowed inside the event:

  • Aerosols
  • Alcohol
  • Ammunition   
  • Animals other than service/guide animals
  • Backpacks  
  • Bags exceeding size restrictions
  • Balloons    
  • Bicycles
  • Coolers  
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal, or metal containers 
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace / Pepper spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie Sticks 
  • Structures
  • Signs with handles
  • Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20′ x 3′ x 1/4″)
  • Support for signs and placards
  • Toy guns
  • Recreational motorized mobility devices
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
  • Handbags smaller than a plastic grocery bag are permitted.


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