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Trump audience could reach 15k for Biloxi campaign stop


Excitement is building on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in anticipation of Donald Trump's January 2 rally at the Coast Coliseum. The GOP Presidential candidate is bringing his campaign to South Mississippi, and the Coliseum is bracing for a crowd that could approach 15,000 people. 

Free tickets are available on Trump's website. As of 8am Tuesday, almost 13,000 people had requested tickets. The billionaire, Republican front runner draws huge crowds wherever he goes.

Coliseum Executive Director Matt McDonnell said everything came together in just a few days' time.

"It happened very quickly. We got a call from their local staff inquiring about the availability. Then they came out and did a quick run through with a member of his national team. They liked what they saw. They saw that we could handle it in a quick fashion. We entered into a contract. They signed it, sent a deposit and it was business as usual," said McDonnell.

Security is going to be tight for the rally. The Secret Service will be out in full force and the Biloxi Police Department will be busy handling traffic and managing crowd control on the Coliseum property.

The Trump campaign rented the building for two days. On Friday, January 1, the production team will make sure the lighting, sound and stage are all set up. Saturday, the Trump team and Coliseum staff will be getting ready for the evening rally. The campaign needs two days because of the magnitude of the event.

"That way their people can do a walk through late that afternoon and evening on Friday and again Saturday morning so they can have exactly how they want it.  No surprises for them and no surprises for us," McDonnell said. "Doors open at 5 o'clock on the day of the event. We will be screening every person who comes through the building."

No seats will be set up on the floor of the arena. Look for a standing room only environment.

McDonnell is expecting plenty of attention from the media and Trump supporters from around the region.

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