Speech Sets Dome Attendance Record
George W. Bush delivered a speech to about 11,000 people during
his visit to Marquette
July 13, setting a new attendance record for the NMU Superior Dome.
The facility has a seating capacity of 8,000 and was able to accommodate
the remaining visitors, who stood on the floor in front of the stage.
Bush is pictured being introduced by Detroit Lions Coach and NMU
alumnus Steve Mariucci.
by a heavy demand for tickets to the Bush event among Upper Peninsula
residents, campaign organizers made a decision to change the venue
from Lakeview Arena to the Superior Dome. That set off a flurry
of activity as many NMU staff members were called into action on
short notice. They helped to prepare the facility and install phone
lines, worked with national press officers, provided security for
the buildings and the president, and performed other duties as needed.
it comes to high-profile campus events, this served as a major initiation
for new NMU President Les Wong. He praised those
who invested the time and talent required to "help the university
shine during its afternoon in the national spotlight."
an e-mail distributed to the university community, Wong wrote: “I
heard nothing but rave reviews from the Washington, D.C.,
state and local people involved with the rally about the great job
done by the NMU students and staff. I also want to thank the campus
community for its patience with all of the hoopla created by the
rally on Tuesday. Many of you were inconvenienced in one way or
another, but everyone seemed to be flexible and tolerant. The media
exposure for NMU was priceless. NMU or the Superior Dome was mentioned
in news stories across the nation.”