Trump, Sanders campaigns reach out to TU Center for possible events

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Two more presidential candidates could be headed to the Capital Region.

Campaign teams for Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders have reached out to the Times Union Center about holding possible events. TU Center management said there was no confirmation from either campaign, yet, but the venue can hold up to 15,000 people.

Events hosted by two presidential candidates would be something different for the venue. If there’s an agreement, both would make a visit to the Capital Region within the next two weeks ahead of the New York presidential primaries.

Trump’s campaign reached out to the venue on Wednesday and inquired about availability for a possible event. The news peaked interested on social media.

Some people posted that it would a great idea and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Even some who said they don’t support Trump wrote they believed he deserved a chance to talk.

But at recent Trump rallies, protests ignite, which makes others afraid of what might happen in Albany. Assistant General Manager of the Times Union Center Doug McClaine said they would be prepared.

“We would treat this like any other event here and be prepared for the crowd at hand,” he said.

Some on social media expressed their disappointment that democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wasn’t coming to Albany.

But the TU Center confirmed on Wednesday that the Vermont senator’s campaign also reached out about a potential event. Nothing is set in stone, but the presidential candidates would add an interesting mix to the venue’s history of famous lineups.

“When you start going outside what may be an entertainment venue, some different logistics, some different challenges, it’s always exciting to work on those events,” McClaine said.

Currently, the TU Center has four booked events before the April 19 primary, including three hockey games and a comedy show.

McClaine said those events would not be cancelled if either Trump or Sanders held an event there. They only gave both campaigns available dates.


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