AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Air Force One will land Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. From there, President Barack Obama will travel by motorcade to the University at Buffalo's North Campus in Amherst.
At 11 a.m., the president will speak to an audience in Alumni Arena about the rising cost of higher education. Some 1,500 tickets were distributed to the general public, including to Denise Camarre and her son, Jordan. They were first in line to get tickets Tuesday and they're sleeping outside the venue until doors open at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Denise said, "We figured we had to go the extra mile. We didn't want to take the chance of having seats way up high somewhere. Looks like we're guaranteed good seats."
Tickets for President Obama's speech are turning up on Craigslist for prices as high as $400. The tickets were distributed from the box office inside Alumni Arena at no cost to the public on a first come, first serve ticket. Each person in line was allowed to receive one ticket, which states it is not for re-sale.
There are laws against selling tickets are more than the re-sale value, but how that would apply to this situation is a gray area according to Mollie McGorry, an associate attorney at Connors & ViLardo, LLC.
"Whether the laws apply to one individual in a discreet circumstance, a one-time occurrence as opposed to engaging in a business of reselling, that's not entirely clear," she explained.
The high prices and the high demand are what make Jordan glad he was first in line for tickets and first in line for a seat on Thursday. He'll be attending college next year and knows the president will be speaking about making higher education more affordable.
"It's a great feeling to know that we get to be in the same room as this man and possibly get to shake this man's hand. It's made my whole year," he said.
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