Monday, October 6, 2008

Don't Fence Me Out


Normally home to more than 5000 students, Belmont University was empty of most students over the weekend as students headed home for early fall break. Replacing the students are Secret Service agents and more than 3000 media representatives in town for the 2nd of three Presidential Debates. Chain link fence surrounds the entire campus, and unauthorized people are not permitted on campus.

A couple of interesting notes:
1- A number of students left hidden cookies and treats for the Secret Service agents.
2- The media tent is more than 25000 square feet
3- Nashville hotels are sold out for the next few days
4- The debate is expected to bring $10 million to the Nashville economy
5- Both candidates receive exactly the same treatment in everything, including the exact square footage of their preparation rooms.

7 comments:

Jana said...

Nice photo! It must have been a zoo there!

D said...

WOW! Sounds like a good week to stay out of the city.

Jim said...

Sounds like a great boost for Nashville.

Halcyon said...

Do you think they will really eat those cookies and treats? I mean, you can't even take a bottle of water through airport security. I would be afraid they might think the cookies are laden with anthrax or something! It's a nice thought though. :)

Rambling Round said...

After all that work, I sure hope neither candidate backs out!

Lady Di Tn said...

Chris
Glad you are safely back in TN and posting. Now what will happen to the fence when they are gone?
How did you know about number one?
Peace

Dan said...

The preparation and planning for these events is amazing. It must be a real zoo there right now.