Change in Marshall Center Operations Jan. 21-23


TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2012) – On Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, the University of South Florida is hosting the NBC News, Tampa Bay Times, National Journal Republican Presidential Candidates Debate. As many of you have noticed, efforts are underway to ready our facilities for the event. Preparatory activities are expected to increase in the days leading up to the function. These preparations may cause minor modification in pathways to, and from, the Marshall Center, and contiguous areas. As we approach the day of the event, there are few anticipated changes to the normal business operations within the Marshall Center. The food court and business entities housed within the Marshall Center will remain functional, but the hours of operation will be modified as follows:


Saturday, Jan. 21, the Marshall Center will open at 8:00 a.m.


Sunday, Jan. 22, the Marshall Center will open at 10:00 a.m.


The greatest impact to our community will occur on Jan. 23, the day of the debate, when on-campus populations increase and normal access points to the Marshall Center are modified. Those changes are:


The north side glass entry doors will be secured for the day.


The southwest conference corridor on both the second and third floors will be closed.


A perimeter, through which no access will be permitted, is to be established along the north side of the Marshall Center spanning east to west.


Parking lots 3 A-B are currently unavailable. Parking lot 3C will be available for limited use beginning midnight Sunday, Jan. 22.


Those attending classes in the Theater Rehearsal Building (TAR) can use lot 3C with limited access.


In addition, various parking lots will be shut down to accommodate NBC and our partners, reporters and community members who will be on campus. Some of the lots will be shut down days in advance of the debate and information has been sent to students, faculty and staff. Please read about the closures.  


The area around the Marshall Center will be congested and may result in significant traffic delays as we near the scheduled event. Please plan your routes accordingly and allow for extra travel time.


Your patience and understanding are appreciated.