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First Presidential Debate will be held in Cleveland: 9.29.2020

First 2020 Presidential Debate
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
CWRU-Shelia and Eric Samson Pavilion | Cleveland
Moderator: Chris Wallace, Fox News

Cleveland.com | 7.27.2020 - The first presidential debate will be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.

The partnership stepped in after the University of Notre Dame withdrew from hosting the September 29 debate because of “the complexities COVID-19 created for its fall semester,” according to a press release. The debate will take place at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, part of the Health Education Campus.

Whether or not there might be an audience for the debate “will depend on the status of the pandemic as the event moves closer.”

The 477,000-square-foot pavilion is a collaborative learning space for students from CWRU’s nursing, dental and medical schools. The joint project between the university and the Cleveland Clinic opened in the summer of 2019.

The Cleveland Clinic has served as the health security adviser for the Commission on Presidential Debates on all of the fall’s debates. 

“Case Western Reserve also is deep in COVID-19 preparations, but the partnership with Cleveland Clinic – and the (health education campus’s) distance from the university’s main campus – made co-hosting more feasible,” the release reads.

As more information becomes available, it will be posted.


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