Sources: Inauguration Organizers to Open More Viewing Space
It looks like organizers are going to be opening up the Mall to accommodate more people, sources tell Inauguration Watch. In the past, the area from 7th Street NW to 15th Street NW was used for staging the parade.
But now, that area will be open to the public, with an estimated capacity to hold about 1 million people. Parade staging will be moved to the Ellipse, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been finalized.
There will be 250,000 tickets issued for Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony outside the Capitol. Those who do not have tickets but wish to attend can come and stand on the Mall, where organizers have said they will have jumbo televisions set up. D.C. and federal officials have said Obama's inaugural could break the reacord of the 1.2 million people who attended Lyndon B. Johnson's ceremony in 1965.
David A Nakamura
December 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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