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1,500 more Gorbachev tickets made available to Stanford community

STANFORD -- To help meet campus demand, Stanford University will make available to students, faculty and staff 1,500 more tickets to a May 9 campus speech by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The speech was previously moved from 1,714-seat Memorial Auditorium, site of Gorbachev's 1990 address at Stanford, to Frost Amphitheater to accommodate a larger crowd. However, an unanticipated four-hour rush at the box office Thursday, April 23, left all 9,000 existing tickets to Frost spoken for.

Tuesday, the university announced that it will make available to the campus community 1,500 more tickets - one per person - through a lottery. The system will be:

  • Sign-up for the lottery will be held in the inner quad on Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Persons signing up must have a valid Stanford ID; must not have previously obtained tickets; may sign up only for themselves, not others; and may sign up only for one chance to obtain one ticket.
  • A drawing from those sign-up forms will determine lottery winners of the single tickets - 750 students, 375 faculty members and 375 staff members.
  • The names of the lottery winners will be printed in the Tuesday, May 5, Stanford Daily. With Stanford identification, each winner may pick up one ticket from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 6 and 7, at the Tresidder Ticket Office.
  • Any unclaimed tickets will be given out, one-per-person-per- Stanford-ID, on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the Tresidder Ticket Office. Unclaimed tickets will be available only to Stanford individuals who have not previously obtained a ticket.

Officials also alerted ticket holders that 7,500 chairs will be set up in the outdoor Frost Amphitheater, with the remaining 3,000 ticket- holders to be seated on the lawn. Chairs in the general admission section will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The gates are to open at 9:30 a.m. for the 11:15 a.m. speech Saturday, May 9.

Gorbachev's address, titled "The Rule of Law, Our New Frontier" is sponsored by the Stanford School of Law and the university's Institute for International Studies. It is part of the former Soviet leader's tour of seven major U.S. cities, May 1-16, sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation/USA.



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