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Live updates: What you need to know about President Trump coming to Biloxi

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum gates have opened early in advance of the arrival of President Donald Trump, who will campaign Monday evening at a rally for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Vice President Mike Pence will join Trump, with both arriving separately, White House schedules show.

The Coliseum is ready for a large crowd. Trump’s visit to the Coliseum in January 2016 drew a standing-room only crowd of about 13,000 people, Executive Director Matt McDonnell said.

People began arriving on the Coliseum grounds when the gates opened at 8 a.m.

Trump was scheduled to speak at a Make America Great Again rally in Tupelo at 4:15 p.m. before flying to Gulfport, according to his schedule.

If you plan to go, here’s what you need or want to know:

  • Tickets are free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are available online at the president’s website, www.donaldjtrump.com. You can get your picture with Trump backstage, the website says.

  • 4 p.m.: Protesters have said they will start to line up on the beach side of U.S. 90 across from the Coliseum.
  • There’s a $5 charge per car to park at the Coliseum.
  • There’s only two entrances to the Coliseum: from the south on U.S. 90 and the entrance nearest the railroad tracks on Beauvoir Road.
  • Only those who have registered online will be admitted.
  • Be prepared to go through a security checkpoint. No firearms, knives, pocket knives or knives on keychains are allowed. Even if you have a conceal-carry permit, you still can’t be armed.

Timeline:

  • 5 p.m.: Coliseum doors open.

  • 5-10 p.m.: Expect traffic delays in Biloxi and Gulfport. Police say expect detours. No advance notice is being given as to where.

  • 6:40 p.m.: Trump arrives at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

  • 6:50 p.m.: Trump hosts a roundtable on the First Step Act, a draft of legislation for criminal justice reform. Pence is expected to participate.

  • 7:40 p.m.: Trump arrives at the Coliseum.

  • 8 p.m.: The rally starts.

  • 9:05 p.m.: Trump leaves the Coliseum for the airport.

  • 9:30 p.m. Trump departs Mississippi for Washington, D.C.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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