Debate Commission releases 2016 host proposal requirements
As noted previously, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has now released the guidelines for venues seeking to host a presidential debate in 2016.
The press released from the CPD:
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is accepting applications from sites interested in hosting a 2016 presidential or vice presidential debate. The deadline to submit a proposal to host a debate is March 31, 2015.
Below is an overview of the requirements:
- A debate hall of at least 17,000 square feet that is air conditioned.
- A large parking area close to the debate hall for 40 television remote trucks, trailers and/or satellite trucks up to 53 feet in length.
- A media filing center, located either in the same facility as the debate hall or extremely close to the debate hall that is a minimum of 20,000 square feet (may be a tent). This space must be air conditioned.
- A media parking lot, located approximately one-quarter to one mile away from the media filing center, that can accommodate approximately 500 passenger vehicles.
- An accreditation center of at least 3,000 square feet, located one-half to one mile away from the debate hall, with parking for 75 vehicles.
- Nearby hotels that can provide 3,000 rooms for the event.
- Good air and ground transportation networks.
- The host’s guarantee of complete city services, including public safety personnel.
Sites interested in applying to host a debate should e-mail [email protected] for complete site selection guidelines and application information.
This list of items is often most easily met by a university which has the parking, event space, and accommodations necessary for a presidential debate broadcast. There have been some exceptions over the years but most likely the 2016 presidential debates will end up being hosted by university venues.