TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton urged people and attendees to plan accordingly in preparation for President Donald Trump’s campaign rally.
The president is scheduled to hold a Keep America Great rally Friday at 7 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Arena.
Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said Franklin Street, which is north of the arena, will be closed Friday morning and will remain closed until the rally is over.
He said First Street, which is located on the northside of the former Tupelo Automobile Museum, will also be closed, and Commerce Street will have limited access.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is located on Commerce Street and must have access to conduct regular duties.
BancorpSouth Arena Executive Director Todd Hunt said Lot D, which is located on the east side of the arena, will have limited public parking as well as ADA parking.
Lot B will be available for public parking.
Hunt anticipates the lots to fill up early in the day.
Once full, people will be directed to park in any lot downtown they can find.
However, people will not be allowed to park in the former Tupelo Automobile Museum’s parking lot or the lot once occupied by MegaSports.
People will not be allowed to park or camp in the arena’s parking lot overnight on Thursday.
Parking will be prohibited on Highway 45 right-of-ways.
Parking will not be allowed in the businesses along Franklin Street – from Commerce Street to Main Street – after those businesses close on Thursday.
Vehicles that are found improperly parked or in closed lots may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Hunt said rally attendees will line up in Lot A in order to enter the arena. He anticipates the lot will become crowded early in the day.
The arena’s doors will open at 4 p.m. Friday.
Security will be tight, the mayor said, and attendees will go through security prior to entering.
Ticketholders are not guaranteed entry to the arena, the mayor said.
Once the arena reaches a safe capacity, set by the Tupelo Fire Marshal, entrance will be cut off.
However, there will be a TV screen outside the arena for outside viewing.
The mayor anticipates heavy traffic in the downtown vicinity throughout the day.
As for airline travelers at the Tupelo Regional Airport, the mayor said there is a protocol that must be followed when Air Force One lands.
Please plan accordingly and check with the appropriate airliner, he said.
According to the city, delays are possible for Tupelo Public Schools on Friday afternoon.
Shelton said one group requested a city permit to protest the president’s visit, and the permit was granted.