Saturday, March 12, 2016
Ted Cruz to speak in Springfield tonight
Evangel University can confirm that a contract has been signed with a representative of the Ted Cruz campaign for the use of the Robert H. Spence Chapel from 8:30 to 10 pm on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
The doors open at 7:30 pm. This is the spring break for Evangel, so parking should be adequate. The facility seats approximately 2,200 people.
The rally is a ticketed event, but tickets are free. Those interested can go to tedcruz.org to print a ticket.
This is not the first time that a presidential campaign has come to the Evangel University campus:
Commentator Patrick Buchanan visited the campus during the primaries in 1996;
Texas Gov. George W. Bush held a rally in the chapel while supporting Republican candidate Bob Dole in 1996;
Dick Cheney, while campaigning for vice president, held a large rally in the Mabee Student Fitness Center just a week before the election in the fall of 2000; the facility was packed with a couple thousand people, and the Evangel University Concert Choir sang under the direction of Sharon Wilkins.
Also, recently retired pre-law professor Bryan Sanders fondly remembers, as a student in in 1980, "The college Republicans served as the official baggage handlers for presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, when he held a rally at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds."