WNY getting ready for presidential debate night

Posted at 1:14 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 14:46:55-04

About 100-million people are expected to watch the first 2016 Presidential Debate tonight on ABC.

Several Western New Yorkers are planning smaller watch parties for this event. With experts saying voters between 18 and 35 could be the deciding factor this election, colleges are even joining in the watch party frenzy. Buffalo State College is planning to show the debate at the Student Union. Professors are even encouraging students to cheer during the debate, like at a football game or pep really.

University at Buffalo says they won’t have anything debate watch parties, but the TV monitors in the student union will feature the Clinton-Trump face-off.

Founding Fathers Bar in Downtown Buffalo expects a large crowd as well. With its historical theme and tonight's free nachos and popcorn, the bar may see more customers wanting to hear what each candidate has to say.

But one of the biggest 2016 Presidential Debate watch parties maybe at Buffalo's North Park Theater, which will put Monday's event up on the big screen. The debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump begins at 9 p.m. and admission to the theater is free. This non-partisan viewing event is being sponsored by the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center.

Full coverage of the debate from Hofstra University on Long Island can also be seen on 7-Eyewitness News and WKBW social media pages beginning Sunday night.