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No more tickets to presidential appearance, White House says

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Crews prepare for the Detrick Gymnasium for the president's arrival. Crews prepare for the Detrick Gymnasium for the president's arrival.
People wait in line to see the president speak at CCSU on Wednesday. People wait in line to see the president speak at CCSU on Wednesday.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

More than 1,000 tickets were available for President Barack Obama's visit to Central Connecticut State University, but school officials said they were gone by Tuesday afternoon. 

White House officials said about 300 people showed up to the Detrick Gymnasium in Kaiser Hall on the CCSU campus Tuesday morning.

Those people in line "were given an orange or red claim stub" and told to return to the Detrick Gymnasium at about 4 p.m. All the tickets were gone by 2 p.m. and there were none available for a "public giveaway" scheduled for 4 p.m.

CCSU officials said they also gave out blue tickets.

"For those who received a blue claim stub, there is no guarantee that tickets will be available, but you are welcome to remain in line or return at 7 p.m. to see if unclaimed tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. If you do not have a claim stub, you will not be able to receive a ticket," CCSU said in a statement Tuesday.

"This one's a big deal," said Tom Sullivan, a CCSU staff member. "They chose us for the speech. It's a special day."

CCSU students, faculty and staff were able to register for and pick up 800 tickets Monday to the event.

"I want to see the man," said Samuel Colon, of Hartford. "He's my president and I may not get the chance to see him again."

Obama was expected to highlight raising the minimum wage, which is something Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said he supports and has proposed raising it to $10.10 an hour.

In a Quinnipiac University poll just released, 71 percent support raising the state's minimum wage.

"I am just interested in hearing about the minimum wage and how the president plans to implement it over the next few years," said Lauren Hudobenko of CCSU's Student Government Association.

"I hear a lot of students that work full time and go to school full time, making minimum wage, struggling to pay for school and get by," said Simms Soney, also a member of the SGA.

The president's visit may also be a way to gain support among Democrats for Malloy, who is up for re-election this fall. However, both are experiencing low approval ratings.

A Quinnipiac University poll just released shows the governor and the president with less than 50 percent approval among Connecticut voters.

Wednesday's event marks the first time Obama has spoken at CCSU, though the campus has hosted other presidents in the past.

The president is scheduled to speak Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. at Kaiser Hall. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and anyone who will be attending is urged to arrive as early as possible.

The White House said to plan for road closures. The president is expected to arrive at Bradley International Airport around noon and expected to leave the state around 3:45 p.m.

It is unclear which streets will be blocked off for the president's procession.

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