As usual, the committee will release the tickets to members of Congress, who will then distribute them to their constituents. House members will receive their allotment on Monday and Senators on Tuesday.
During the press conference Thursday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities, unveiled the seating plan and design of the tickets.
Trump has not yet made any special requests for the ceremony or the lunch, he said.
The president-elect’s staff told Blunt that Trump “really was just beginning to focus on the events of the day itself. His real focus has been getting to work,” he said.
Blunt, a member of the intelligence committee, said his goal is for attendees to leave the event feeling like they had “the most freedom possible and all of the security they needed to safely be here.”
On inauguration, he said, Washington will be the “most appealing target in the world” for terrorist attack.
“I think we’re working hard to be sure that we’ve minimized the likelihood that will be a problem,” he said.
Details about security and street closures will be released by Capitol Police next week, but said the secure perimeter will at least include everything from Connecticut to Independence avenues, adding that there will be designated areas for protesters.
Organizers will start monitoring the weather in the middle of next week to determine if the ceremony will need to be moved inside.
Tickets will be printed according to areas in seven colors, with the exception of purple. That’s the color of tickets held by 3,000 people who got stuck in the I-395 tunnel one year.
“No one has been courageous enough to use that color again, including me,” Blunt joked.
Blunt will service as the master of ceremonies for the inauguration.
“The inauguration comes as close in our system to a recurring moment of celebration of democracy as we have,” he said.
The Government Publishing Office printed the tickets, which contain multiple security features to protect against counterfeiting.
Every person, including children, is required to have a ticket to attend the ceremony.
Ticketed guests will enter Capitol Grounds through the entry point designated for their particular section. Guests will also have to go through security screening gates, which will open at 6 a.m. Blunt will deliver the opening remarks for the ceremony for 11:30 a.m.
People who do not have tickets but wish to attend can view the ceremonies on the Mall west of Fourth Street.