LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Students and faculty lined the sidewalks at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Tuesday afternoon, anxiously waiting to get tickets to see President Obama speak at the campus this Thursday.
The last time President Obama visited La Crosse was in 2008 when he spoke to 15,000 people at the La Crosse Center. This will be his first visit to the UW-L campus, and many students told WEAU 13 News they wouldn’t miss the event for the world.
“I’ve never seen a president live before, so I thought why not now," said Alex Sterling, a senior at the university.
Sterling, along with hundreds of other students spent Tuesday afternoon waiting in line to get tickets to see President Obama speak on campus later this week.
Michael Vogt was one of the first students in line to get a ticket.
“It's a historical presidency, I guess it would be the most important thing, and I’m here and want to see the president," Vogt said.
Students like Austin Wersal and Breanne Berger saw a Facebook post earlier in the week alerting them the President was coming. They said they knew they couldn’t miss the opportunity.
“Naturally, we got here a half hour early and the line was still really long, it was probably about 150 yards long and we were like, oh, I hope they have enough tickets for us, and sure enough, they did. We got in and out in less than 10 minutes, and we're just really looking forward to Thursday,"said Wersal.
Even faculty members like Joseph Heim told WEAU 13 News having a sitting president visit campus is a special event.
“I would think regardless of whether you're a democrat or republican, like him or oppose him, it's an important event for La Crosse to have a president stop in here and say a few words,” Heim said.
Tickets for the general public weren’t available until six Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop people from lining up at noon.