UB Prepares for President Obama

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM EDT


Amherst, NY (WKBW) - On Thursday, President Obama comes to Buffalo. The President's visit kicks off a two-day bus tour about education through Upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

On Monday, the White House and University at Buffalo announced that the President will speak at Alumni Arena. The room where the President will give his address has held up to 6,500 people in the past. However, the White House is remaining tight-lipped about how many tickets will be handed out.

Political analysts call the location of the President's speech strategic. "It's the largest school in the SUNY system, in the entire state," explains expert Bob Davis. So I think it was a good choice for him to do University at Buffalo."

President Obama will arrive in Buffalo via Air Force One on Thursday morning before heading to Alumni Arena.

His platform -- better and more affordable education for the middle class.

This is the President's second trip to Buffalo during his administration. Davis says Buffalo is also a good choice because the topic of education hits home. "the graduation rate is not very good. As a country going forward, you need to make sure your students are going from high school to college if they so desire."

UB Spokesperson John DellaContrada offers this possible explanation as to why UB might have been chosen -- "it's one of the few universities in the country that have figured how to keep costs low while still investing in students education."

Tickets go on sale at 5:00 on Tuesday evening at the Alumni Arena box office. They are free, but will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Students and faculty at UB can enter a lottery system for a ticket to see the President speak.