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With his next campaign stop being in Alabama, it’s only fitting that presidential candidate Donald Trump is going to rally up supporters in a jam-packed football stadium.
City officials have confirmed to News 5 the location for Donald Trump’s pep rally in Mobile on Friday night has been moved to Ladd-Peebles Stadium. It’s the same venue used for the Senior Bowl and University of South Alabama home games.
“It’s due to an overwhelming response,” said Kayla Farnon, spokeswoman for the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office. “More than 30,000 people have been confirmed to attend. “
News 5 is told Trump’s campaign has gone the extra mile to make the event as accommodating as possible. Parking will be free, WAVE shuttles to the stadium will be provided, and there will be concession stands for food and drinks.
Wednesday night at his town hall rally in New Hampshire, Trump was excited about his trip to Mobile.
“[Organizers] went to a room for 2,000 people, but that wasn’t big enough,” Trump said at the event. “It’s going to end up at thirty to forty-thousand people in Alabama.”
As we had previously reported, Trump’s town hall rally in Mobile was originally planned to be held in the theater at the Mobile Civic Center, which seats less than two-thousand people.
When ticket demand exceeded that figure, the arena at Mobile Civic Center–which seats ten-thousand people–was considered.
But event organizers ultimately settled on Ladd-Peebles Stadium, one of the largest venues in south Alabama.
“The people are speaking,” Trump said. “It’s an amazing thing, it’s like a movement.”