Six hundred free, reserved-seat tickets for the Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony will be available Friday. All tickets must be picked up in person at one of these locations:
• The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance office, 102 S. Tejon St., Suite 430, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce office, 300 Highway 105 in Monument, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• The Academy’s athletic ticket office at the Cadet Field House, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
A maximum of four tickets per person are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets cannot be held or mailed. Lost tickets cannot be replaced. The graduation ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. May 28 in Falcon Stadium and will include a commencement speech by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.
Falcon Stadium gates open at 7 a.m. on graduation day, and ticket holders are encouraged to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. Traffic will be heavy and stringent security measures will be in effect.
Stadium security staff will check tickets, IDs, and hand-carried items and attendees will be scanned by airport-style metal detectors. No boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses, beverage containers of any sort or similar items will be allowed in the stadium. No sticks or poles (to include tripods) may be brought into the stadium, but small folding umbrellas may be carried.
Food and drink are prohibited with the exception of clear, unopened water bottles and medically necessary items with a doctor’s order. Refreshments will be available from vendors throughout the stadium.
Cameras, video cameras and binoculars are permitted; however, please be prepared to remove camera lenses for security inspection at the stadium gates. Diaper bags will be allowed when a child is present; no strollers please.
Once the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., no one is allowed to leave the stadium until after the end of the Thunderbirds’ performance at about 1 p.m. To ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, no one will be allowed in parked cars or driving or walking within the performance area.