All roads lead to TSU for third Democratic primary debate

In the Texas Southern University alma mater, there is a popular phrase that goes “All roads lead to Texas Southern.” That phrase couldn’t be truer than it will be on September 12. For those who are not aware, the ABC News Democratic Primary Debate will take place on Thursday, Sept.12 at the Health and Physical Education Arena (H&PE).

Students and faculty who received tickets to attend the event will need to be prompt as the doors will open at 4p.m. and will close at 6p.m. Any patron arriving after 6p.m. will not be allowed to enter the building.  All student, faculty and staff tickets are sold out.

Attendees should be prepared to get comfortable because the event is scheduled to last about three hours.

TSU’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications Steve Scheffler said an ID and e-ticket will be all that is necessary to get into the event.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is handling the distribution of tickets electronically.  The e-ticket will be emailed by the DNC.. No print outs of the ticket will be accepted.

For those who could not secure a ticket, there will be a watch party. The watch party is free and open to the public; however, those who will be attending the watch party will need to have a ticket. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis on the school’s website, A printout of the ticket or e-ticket will be accepted along with a form of ID.  

The watch party will be held at Sawyer Auditorium; doors will open at 6p.m. Be sure to hurry though, as those doors will also close when the 1,800-person capacity is reached.

Students who live on campus should expect slight changes in facility availability the week of the debate. One of those changes include not being able to use the recreational facility through September 13. Regarding meals, all campus dining areas will maintain regular business hours.

The Recreational Center will be closed all day and turned into a media center starting Monday, Sept. 9.  

TSU encourages ride sharing for off-campus students; however, students driving to the event will have two parking options, the first located at the East Parking Garage on Cleburne Street and Sampson Street near the University Towers. The other option will be to park at the University of Houston in lots 12A and 12B which are located near Scott Street and Cleburne Street. For those utilizing UH’s parking, a shuttle service will be available, both will carry a $20 parking fee.

Scheffler notes that while the event will cause some minor problems for students due to traffic and some facilities closing, he urges the student body to focus on the positives. “While there are inconveniences,” he said, “a lot of prestige will be shined on TSU.”