(UPDATE — 2:55 p.m.): Maryland has issued an advisory asking fans to arrive “as early as possible” to Comcast Center. Parking lots will open four hours prior to the 6 p.m. tipoff and the doors will open at 4 p.m. According to the release, “Fans should expect additional security measures on Sunday. All persons and vehicles are subject to search upon entering both the parking lots and Comcast Center.”
Cars planning to park in Lot 4B will not be allowed to exit until after the President’s motorcade leaves campus. That lot will close at 5 p.m., but all other lots will honor 4B parking permits. Gates B and D, located closest to Lot 4B, will close at 5 p.m. and will not be available for exiting after the final buzzer.
The original post is below.
President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters will attend the Maryland men’s basketball team’s game against Oregon State on Sunday at Comcast Center, White House press secretary Jay Carney announced on Friday afternoon.
Carney: First Family will attend U. of Maryland-Oregon State basketball game Sunday (OSU coach is Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson).
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) November 15, 2013
The Beavers (1-1) are coached by Craig Robinson, brother of Michelle Obama, and routinely make trips to the Washington area. They played at Towson in 2011, Howard in 2008 and 2010, and George Washington in 2009.
The Maryland athletics department has referred all announcements to the White House but is expected to soon release information about the need for fans to arrive early, for security purposes. When Obama went to Towson Center two years ago, fans were asked to be in their seats 75 minutes before tip-off. Scores of officials have also been spotted at Comcast Center throughout the week, preparing for the president’s arrival.
Mark Turgeon, in his third year with Maryland, has experience coaching before different presidents. While at Texas A&M, former president George H. W. Bush often attended practices and games, and Bill Clinton sat courtside for a Washington Wizards game when Turgeon was an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers.
As of Friday morning, when Turgeon and various Terrapins met with reporters, nothing had been confirmed.
“I don’t know what’s happening,” Turgeon said then. “They don’t tell us anything. I think it would be great. I think it would be pretty cool for everybody, for their team and for our team. Hopefully it’ll make the teams play even harder than they were going to play.”