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Final preps are underway at Centre College for VP debate

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Banner for the debate at Centre College. Banner for the debate at Centre College.
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Peter Eyre Peter Eyre
Michael Strysick Michael Strysick

DANVILLE, KY (WAVE) – On Thursday Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan will go head to head in their first debate. It is happening at Centre College.

After nearly a year of preparation, this community is ready to host their second vice presidential debate.

Centre College is no stranger to a production like this, it hosted the VP debate in 2000 welcoming Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat Joseph Lieberman.

"The facilities have only gotten better, the people are just as committed as they were and it is just a great partnership and in a lot ways for our team it does feel like coming home," said Peter Eyre, Senior Advisor for the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Eyre says Centre College was one of 15 schools in the running to host when they started taking applications two years ago.

"Centre put in just a terrific proposal, not only were the facilities ideally suited for the debate, but the people here show and continue to show that they understand the importance of debates as part of civic education," said Eyre.

A lot has changed in the last 12 years, since 9-11 certain security measures have to followed and the Internet has completely evolved since then with the boom of social media.

"The demands that we have to build a completely different wireless network, computer network has been particularly challenging," said Michael Strysick, Director of Communications at Centre College.

Strysick says this time around, they know not only will the nation be watching, but there will be eyes from all around the world.

"At this point we have 3200 credentialed media," said Strysick. "600 of those are foreign journalists and half of that number are broadcast journalist representing 48 different networks in 40 countries."

This event will create a huge economic boost for the community. All 3,000 rooms have already been booked.

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