Teams of workers were rolling out equipment, getting things set up for the stage, sound system and everything else that goes into the president-elect’s visit to the Port City. And George Gigicos is at the center of it all.
“I’m the director of advance for the campaign. We’re going to build a great stage here at Ladd-Peebles stadium. We’re gonna have a little bit different setup than we had last time. Some of it’s a surprise,” says Gigicos.
This morning, Gigicos could be seen crisscrossing the field with tech teams, secret service and city officials like Colby Cooper.
“It’s time for us to showcase our hospitality, it’s time to showcase what a manufacturing powerhouse we are, what a wonderful delta ecosystem that we have, at the same time how we are just a spirited and soulful place,” says Cooper.
Gigicos says it’s special for Trump coming back to where it all began August 2015 when he was still one of 16 GOP candidates.
“When we came the first time, it was the largest crowd we’d had, or in fact the largest crowd that any candidate has ever had for a political rally in this cycle. It was a feeling that we really do have a movement and people are really listening to his ideas to make America great again,” says Gigicos.
The plan is that everything will go off without a hitch Saturday. 26,000 free tickets have already been issued over on DonaldJTrump.com. There will be shuttle service to and from the stadium with parking at the civic center, Springdale mall, and the Festival center. Gates open at 11 a.m., and Trump is scheduled to speak at 3:00 p.m.