“Standing apart from the glitz and spin of modern campaigns, the presidential debates are that solemn moment in our national life when candidates are invited to discuss seriously the central issues before us.”
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced July 27 the University has withdrawn as the host site for the first of the 2020 presidential debates, scheduled for Sept. 29.
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Welcome to Purcell Pavilion
The first 2020 U.S. presidential debate will take place in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Home to the Fighting Irish men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams, Purcell Pavilion has also hosted numerous non-athletics events, including University Commencement ceremonies, a United States Postal Service stamp unveiling and a talk by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The building is notable for what takes place not only inside the arena, but also on the roof. Atop the Joyce Center sits the state of Indiana’s largest green roofscape — more than 79,000 square feet (nearly two acres) of 25 plant species contribute to the University’s Comprehensive Sustainability Strategic Plan.
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With the University of Notre Dame as its centerpiece, South Bend is a city leading a region with a great deal to offer – rich history, captivating arts and entertainment, a buzz-worthy dining scene, a dash of outdoor adventure and more. Whatever your style, there’s much to explore.