Arena lot to open at noon for Trump visit

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
The Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean McKeag | Times Leader) -

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Officials from the Mohegan Sun Arena have released new details on President Donald Trump’s visit to campaign for Congressman Lou Barletta in his run for U.S. Senate.

Arena director of sales and marketing Steve Poremba said the Secret Service is handling all safety and security measures. But he offered other tips for those planning to attend Thursday’s rally.

The arena parking lot will open at noon; cars will not be allowed in the lot before then. It will cost $10 to park in the arena lot.

Attendees will have to walk through metal detectors, and Poremba encourages everyone to leave non-essential items in their vehicles.

No weapons of any sort — including guns and knives — will be allowed on arena property.

Poremba also suggests that people not bring chained wallets. He said there were issues with those type of wallets at prior rallies.

The arena doors will be open at 4 p.m., but the doors could open earlier pending Secret Service approval.

The arena is preparing for a capacity crowd of 10,000 for the rally set to start at 7 p.m.

Those who wish to attend must obtain tickets via Click on “Rallies” at the top of the home page and follow the instructions.

Poremba encourages people to check for more information and updates as they become available from the Secret Service and White House.

Traffic warning; no drones

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for President Trump’s appearance.

According to the department’s Facebook page:

Expect significant traffic congestion from approximately 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the vicinity of the arena, including Highland Park Boulevard, Exit 168 of Interstate 81, Route 309 and Mundy Street around the Wyoming Valley Mall.

Highland Park Boulevard from Schechter Drive to Mundy Street, including Exit 168, will be closed to all traffic and remain closed throughout the duration of the event from around 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition, a No Drone Fly Zone will be in effect for a 15-mile radius around the arena and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean McKeag | Times Leader) Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean McKeag | Times Leader)

By Dan Stokes

[email protected]

Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes

Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes