Final preparations ongoing ahead of debate at Washington University

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With just three days to go before the second presidential debate at Washington University, Fox 2 News cameras were allowed inside the athletic complex as preparations enter their final stages.

Sunday's presidential faceoff is part town hall, with citizens asking the questions and moderators asking follow-up questions.

Washington University has hosted three previous presidential debates (2004, 2000, and 1992) and the 2008 vice presidential debate. The university was slated to host a debate between then-President Bill Clinton and Bob Dole ahead of the 1996 election, but that debate was cancelled.

Security remains high as work is completed to turn the field house into a giant television studio. During this debate, citizens will be posing many of the questions; they will be on stage, too, sitting in two partial circles on either side of the candidates.

Forty uncommitted St. Louis area voters will be selected to appear on stage at the debate and some will be called on by the moderators to pose questions to Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump. Moderators will also take online questions through platforms like Facebook.

Washington University will receive somewhere between 100 and 200 tickets depending upon the room available once the stage is built and the camera positions are finalized. 11,000 students entered a lottery for the tickets. Some 500 are on standby, waiting to hear if they will receive a ticket for the debate itself.

A variety of watch parties are planned on campus and across the region.

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