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Hosting a presidential debate requires a lot of …  well, everything. Here is a look at what it takes (so far) to make sure one of the most important events in the presidential election season goes off without a hitch. And if you like these, keep coming back. We’ll add more numbers throughout the weekend and after the Oct. 9 debate

Debate prep

 

It takes xxx to connect the media to the outside world. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)

The Media Filing Center alone has more than 700 wired network connections. (Photo:
James Byard/Washington University)

50,000+

Feet of cable installed

700+

Wired network connections in the Media Filing Center

100+

Network switches installed

2,500+

Wired network connections overall

Red carpet treatment: xxxx square yards will welcome the media (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)

60,000 square feet of red carpet was installed in the Sumers Recreation Center (Photo:
James Byard/Washington University)

2,400+

Strands of copper

400+

Strands of fiber

4,800

Linear feet of security fence

60,000

Square feet of carpet

3,251

Signs installed, including window clings, directional signs, banners, and posters in and around the debate hall

Media swag bag

 

How many tons of groceries will be toted in these after the debates? (Courtesy photo)

How many tons of groceries will be toted in these after the debates? (Courtesy photo)

5,200

Tote bags

5,572

T-shirts

4,000

Water bottles

3,600

Kickstand media wallets

3,600

Chocolate-covered cookies

3,600

Packets of trail mix

10,000

Lanyards

Student debate swag

 

Student swag caption goes here

Buttons and bears, stickers and temporary tattoos: Our social media team has student swag covered. (Courtesy photo)

3,500

Assorted buttons

5,000

Laptop stickers

4,000

Temporary tattoos

200

Plush bears

2,500

Mobile wallet

Campus involvement

 

10,239

Students entered into the lottery for a possible debate hall ticket

235+

Student volunteers

20

Staff volunteers (out of 150 applicants)

2,682

New registered student voters (and counting.) Thanks, TurboVote!

Debate weekend food: On-campus catering

 

285

Loaves of sliced multi-grain bread, according to Bon Appetit

950

Pounds of roasted turkey

2,500

Boxed lunches

5,000

Sandwiches (including both boxed lunches and other orders)

17

Different menus being served by Bon Appetit on debate day alone