Here's what to expect from the Trump rally at the El Paso County Coliseum
Border fences and bollard walls divide the El Paso and Juárez areas.
Here are three things to expect when President Donald Trump visits El Paso for a campaign rally at the El Paso County Coliseum.
The "Make America Great Again" rally at 7 p.m. Monday will be Trump's first official visit to El Paso.
Border wall talk
Trump will surely speak about El Paso, border security and his proposed border wall at the rally in the Coliseum, located just a few blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border.
During his 2019 State of the Union address, Trump claimed El Paso was once "one of our nation's most dangerous cities" and that El Paso became one of the nation's safest cities immediately after the building of border barriers.
El Pasoans were quick to point out that the city was never among the most dangerous in the nation. El Paso was ranked among the nation's safest large cities after a steady drop in crime starting in the late 1990s.
Traffic delays and detours
Drivers in El Paso should expect some traffic delays and detours because of the president's visit, especially near the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Drive near U.S. 54 in South-Central El Paso.
It is not uncommon for streets to be blocked and even a temporary closure of the freeway for the presidential motorcade for security reasons. Air traffic at the airport may also be temporarily restricted.
The Secret Service said that the president's planned route is not disclosed for security reasons.
City services affected
The City of El Paso announced several operations will be affected by President Donald Trump's visit Monday.
The Acosta Sports Center at 4321 Delta Drive and the Hilos de Plata Senior Center at 4451 Delta Drive will close at 1 p.m. and resume normal operation hours Tuesday. El Paso Zoo will be closed all day Monday and reopen Tuesday.
El Paso Municipal Courts 1, 2, 4, and 5 cases set after 11 a.m. will be canceled, but no other municipal courts will be impacted.
Passengers flying out of El Paso International Airport should check flight schedules at the airport's website by clicking on "Flight Info." They can also contact their airline.
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Crowds, protests, tickets
Crowds in support of Trump and those opposed to his policies are expected in the Coliseum area.
Doors open at 4 p.m. for the rally, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum, according to the Trump campaign website.
You can only get two tickets per mobile number, and you'll need an email address. A confirmation text will be sent to your phone. Follow the instructions to confirm your tickets; you won't be registered until you verify by phone.
Attendees must present the printed or mobile ticket at the door to gain entry.
El Paso-area groups are planning a "March for Truth Against Trump" at the Coliseum. The protest is being organized by the Women's March El Paso and other groups.
Last month, hundreds of people marched in Downtown El Paso against the proposed border wall.
Hundreds of borderland residents marched Saturday in protest of the border wall. The march was hosted by the Border Network for Human Rights. El Paso Times
Thirteen schools in the El Paso Independent School District will release students at noon Monday in anticipation of "large crowds and potential traffic issues," according to a news release sent Friday.
The EPISD schools impacted by early release are all near the El Paso County Coliseum:
• Aoy, Beall, Burleson, Clardy, Cooley, Douglass, Hart and Zavala elementary schools
• Guillen and Henderson middle schools
• Bowie, Jefferson and Silva Health Magnet high schools
EPISD officials also said in a news release that the afternoon pre-K and Head Start classes will be moved to the morning, and all after-school activities at the impacted campuses will be canceled for Monday.
Spokesmen at the Ysleta and Socorro independent school districts said classes would run as normal Monday and no early releases are planned at any campuses.