On Thursday afternoon, the Mitt Romney camp announced that Friday’s rally would open at 3:30 p.m. instead of the previously scheduled time of 4:30 p.m.
Another detail mentioned by Romney’s camp on Thursday was that there will be special musical performance by Kid Rock.
In addition to Mitt and Ann Romney and Paul and Janna Ryan, the event is expected to have the following Republicans as well: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester; U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota; U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minnesota; Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona; U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, R-Alabama; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
Due to the size of the event, it will not exactly take place at The Square at Union Centre. The event will take place on the grass, which is now privately owned and is expected to be eventually developed into high-end apartments and a hotel, in front of The Square.
Parking will be available at Lakota West High School, West Chester Library (which will close at noon) and at the Union Centre Boulevard Pavilion (old Bigg’s shopping center) at the corner of Union Centre and 747 (this parking location will feature a shuttle service).
There will be other areas also designated for parking.
Businesses in the Union Centre area (around the Square) will remain open during tonight’s event. The Township is asking that those attending the rally be respectful of those businesses and their operations by using designated parking for the event.
Parking is not allowed in the lots of those businesses that are continuing to operate. Parking is also not allowed along roadways. The Township is also requesting that motorists don’t try to pull over and drop people off along the roadways near the event for safety reasons.
Furthermore, some road closures are already in place and will remain in place through the conclusion of the event.
At this time, Centre Pointe Drive has been closed from just west of the AK Steel/Duke/West Chester Towne Square entrance and just east of the Library entrance. West Chester Towne Centre Drive is closed south of Centre Loop, including the roundabout. The Square at Union Centre has also been closed.
It is possible that these announced road closures may be further impacted and other closures in the area may be required due to security.
Heavy traffic and potentially long delays are expected near the I-75 Interchange at Union Centre Boulevard and the Square at Union Centre.
The program is scheduled to begin sometime around 7 and 7:30 p.m. (media has been told 7:30, while public is being told 7).