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UPDATE: UNLV prepares for final presidential debate next week

Posted: 8:38 PM, Oct 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-17 20:51:51-04

UPDATE: 

Red, white, and blue backdrops have replaced college basketball banners, as the state gets set for the third and final presidential debate.  

"It really showcases the importance of Nevada in this election," says Carl Reiber, the senior vice-provost with UNLV. 

The LVCVA and UNLV applied about two years ago, and were chosen based on their facilities, their demographic, and their financial resources.  

"It's a 21st century university, we're very diverse," says Reiber.  "We're the second most diverse campus in the country." 

That diversity will likely play a role Wednesday night. 

The topics for the debate have been announced, and one of them, is immigration.  Immigration is an important topic on UNLV's campus, where 5% of students are non-legal citizens, and a large number are undocumented. 

"This is what's important to them," says Reiber.  "They're going to be the generation that will inherit a lot of the issues discussed Wednesday, so they want to be centered on that, focused on that.  They want to help make decisions." 

ORIGINAL:

After 9 months of preparation, UNLV is just a week out from the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

"Parking is going to be impacted," said Carl Reiber, senior vice provost of UNLV.
 
And some students told 13 Action News the parking and alternative routes have already made it difficult for them to make it to class on time. On Monday and Tuesday, students will have the option of parking off campus.

"They can park in the Orange Lot, McCarran Airport and at the Gateway Parking structure on the east side of Maryland Parkway and shuttles will be running regularly," Reiber said.
 
Some students told 13 Action News that their classes have been canceled on Wednesday because of all the anticipated traffic chaos.

Reiber said his team is prepared for any bumps in the road.

"Students can really look back on this event fondly knowing that they got to participate in a very historic event," he said.