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Coliseum prepares for big time rally for Donald Trump Saturday night

Coliseum seats are already decorated with Donald Trump campaign posters. (Photo source: WLOX News) Coliseum seats are already decorated with Donald Trump campaign posters. (Photo source: WLOX News)
A crew member hangs from his harness as he climbs up to prepare lighting for the Donald Trump presidential campaign rally Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. (Photo source: WLOX News) A crew member hangs from his harness as he climbs up to prepare lighting for the Donald Trump presidential campaign rally Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in Mississippi is Saturday, so crews spent Friday night transforming the Coast Coliseum into pep rally central for the Republican party’s leading presidential candidate.

While other candidates are spending time elsewhere around the country, campaign officials say this region is important to Trump’s overall strategy.

The advance team has been in Biloxi since Wednesday, ironing out all the details for Saturday night’s rally.

“Every venue is different, every event is different,” said George Gigicos, the Trump campaign's advance team director. “The people here at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum have been wonderful to work with and very helpful. We’ve got a lot going on back here.”

This is Trump’s second stop in the region. He was in Mobile in August in front of 30,000 people. Campaign officials are excited.

“Mr. Trump loves the Gulf Coast and the South,” Gigicos said. “And because we are running a 50-state campaign, he’s very excited to come to Biloxi tomorrow night and share his message on how he’s going to make America great again.”

Trump’s podium will be on the south side of the Coliseum floor looking north.

“We’re setting up the arena in such a way that we can maximize the number of people,” he said. “Our response to the event tomorrow night is overwhelming, and we want to make sure that we get as many people in the arena as we possibly can.”

The Coliseum is set up for 13,500 people. It’s first-come, first-served for seating and standing room only on the floor.

The Coliseum parking lot, which has a capacity of 2,750 people, will be open at 8 a.m. There will be overflow parking at the Old Broadwater Golf Course with shuttle service provided.
Doors to the Coliseum open at 4:30 p.m., and Trump will speak at 7 p.m.

Coliseum officials said the best advice for those wanting to come see the Trump rally: arrive early; have patience; and expect delays in both traffic and security process.

No contraband, no posters and no bags of any kind will be allowed.

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