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Police: Getting to Trump rally won't be like getting to a Sabres game

The rally Monday night at First Niagara Center for Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump is not going be anything like going to a Sabres game.

Buffalo police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo asked anyone who plans to attend the event - the arena can hold up to 18,000 people - to plan accordingly.

No. 1: Traffic

"There are going to be numerous street closures in and around the arena starting at noon," Rinaldo told reporters Friday morning.

Streets immediately around the First Niagara Center parking lot will be closed. More street closures may be announced over the weekend.

No. 2: Parking

Several surfaced parking lots normally open for Sabres games near First Niagara are expected to be closed. "The public should not expect normal game day parking for this event," Rinaldo said. That includes the First Niagara parking ramp.

No. 3: Public transit

Here's one way the event will be like Sabres game: the NFTA will be running Metro Rail in the same way it does for Sabres games.

Police urged people to take advantage of public transit or to carpool.

No. 4: Get here early

Doors to the Trump rally are expected to open at 4 p.m., but police said it's probably a good idea to get here "a couple of hours" earlier because of the number of people expected and the security involved.

No. 5: Security

Secret Service will be handling security. "Secret service screening takes a little bit longer than what you're used to for attending an event at First Niagara," Lt. Rinaldo said.

You're not going to be able to bring much into the arena. That includes "any type of bags, packpacks, signs, banners, foods beverages or obviously weapons."

No. 6: Booze.

No alcohol will be served at First Niagara Center during the event. However, concession stands inside will be service food and beverages.

No. 7: Protesting

Police said they will allow for peaceful protesting near the arena but did not give any specifics as to where demonstrators will be allowed to be.


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