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Casper Trump rally to be held inside; masks ‘highly encouraged’ during check-in process

A stand selling pro-Trump merch is seen on the corner of CY Ave and Poplar Street on Friday, May 27, 2022. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Former President Donald Trump’s “Save America” rally on Saturday will be held inside at the Ford Wyoming Center.

No reason was given for the apparent switch from an outside to an inside rally, but the National Weather Service in Riverton is predicting thunderstorms and strong winds after 1 p.m. Saturday, with possible gusts exceeding 40 mph.

According to an email from the Trump organization, “all guests attending Saturday’s rally are highly encouraged to wear masks and facial coverings during the entry and screening process to the event, where 6ft of social distancing is not available.” There was no mention of mask mandates while inside the arena.

Ford Wyoming Center General Manager Brad Murphy said more than 10,000 people are expected to attend. The Trump organization expects up to 20,000 people.

According to the email sent on Friday, parking will open at 8 a.m. and doors will open at 11 a.m. Earlier information from the Casper Police Department said parking would open at 6 a.m., but on Friday a police spokesperson confirmed the 8 a.m. time.

Everyone will go through Secret Service screening before entering the building, and attendees are asked to arrive before noon, according to the email.

Murphy told Oil City News that all of the arena’s food and beverage vendors will be open and operating on Saturday. Food trucks are scheduled to be outside, but Murphy doubts Secret Service will allow outside food to be brought inside. He also said reentry into the arena will not be allowed due to security.

Entertainment is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., and Trump is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m.

A list of guest speakers was released on Thursday and can be seen here.

Restricted items and parking maps follows:

Restricted Items:

  • Aerosols
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Appliances (e.g., toasters)
  • Backpacks, bags, roller bags, suitcases, bags exceeding size restrictions (12”x14”x5”)
  • Balloons
  • Balls
  • Banners, signs, placards
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal, and metal containers
  • Laser lights and laser pointers
  • Mace and/or pepper spray
  • Noisemakers, such as air horns, whistles, drums, bullhorns, etc.
  • Packages
  • Poles, sticks, and selfie sticks
  • Spray containers
  • Structures
  • Supports for signs/placards
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons
  • Any other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by and at the discretion of the security screeners

Parking Maps: