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Donald Trump will come to Philadelphia on Saturday for a rally at Temple University. It will be the first rally for the former president, who famously said that “bad things happen here.”

The rally comes less than a week before the first 2024 presidential debate, which will take place on Thursday in Atlanta. This will be Trump and President Joe Biden’s first appearance on the debate stage since 2020, as Biden did not face a sedate challenge during the Democratic primary and Trump skipped debates during the Republican primary.

Trump is likely the first Republican presidential candidate to hold a campaign rally on Temple’s campus, an area where he struggled to gain support during the previous two presidential campaigns. In 2020, Trump received just 5% of the vote in precincts within a half-mile of Temple University’s main campus, according to an Inquirer analysis of election data.

This is not Trump’s first visit to Philadelphia this election campaign. In February, the former president made a brief appearance at Sneaker Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center, where he was booed when he showed off a pair of gold sneakers priced at $400. Last month, he also appeared at a rally on Wildwood Beach, where he falsely claimed there were riots at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and criticized Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Here’s what we know about Saturday’s Trump rally in Philadelphia:

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Where is the Trump rally taking place in Philadelphia?

The Trump rally is being held at the Liacouras Center on Temple’s campus in North Philadelphia.

The 10,206-seat facility, which opened in 1997, hosts Temple basketball games and other events. It was originally called Apollo in the Temple, but was renamed in 2000 to honor Temple President Peter Liacouras before his retirement.

What time does the rally start?

Doors are scheduled to open at 3 p.m., and Trump is scheduled to begin delivering remarks at 7 p.m.

It is unclear how long the rally will last. Last month at Wildwood, Trump arrived late to the stage and spoke for more than 90 minutes

At a rally in Racine, Wisc. earlier this week, Trump spoke for about 80 minutes.

How can people participate?

Tickets are available at Trump campaign website on a “first come, first served” basis.

Participation in the rally is free, but participants must register by providing a mobile phone number and are only entitled to two tickets.

It’s unclear how large the crowd will be, Temple Vice President of Public Safety Jennifer Griffin told The Inquirer.

If you’re driving, The center of Liacouras has an interactive map with door-to-door access from your location. There is also a list of parking lots located near the arena.

If you’re traveling on SEPTA, Liacouras Center is just a two-minute walk from the Cecil B. Moore Station on the Broad Street Line. If you’re taking Regional Rail, it’s also a short walk to the Temple University station at 10th and Berks streets.

How can I watch or stream Trump’s Philadelphia rally?

Trump rally will be broadcast live on C-Span from 7 p.m

The march will also be available live on YouTube and broadcast by numerous news organizations and right-wing channels.

Fox News will air part of the rally at 7 p.m., and the entire rally will be streamed on its website.

What roads will be closed?

Police said I-95 and I-676 will be gradually closed during Trump’s move to and from North Philadelphia.

The Temple University Police Department says detours are expected on Broad Street between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Norris Street until approximately 10 p.m. Saturday.

Streets, including portions of North Broad Street, West Montgomery Avenue and Cecil B. Moore, may also be temporarily closed.

Will there be protests?

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party, along with other local groups, is organizing a protest at 5 p.m. Saturday.

State Sen. Sharif Street (D., Philadelphia) told The Inquirer that he expected participation from Philadelphia Young Democrats and organized labor activists, as well as clergy and elected officials — “a whole lot of people,” he said.

The national Democratic Party is plastering the area with billboards, pro-Biden kiosks and a mobile billboard that will travel around campus and highlight Trump’s relationship with Black Americans.

North Philadelphia leaders, including state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (R-Philadelphia) and City Council member Isaiah Thomas, plan to speak against Trump at a 10 a.m. news conference.

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