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No one will be admitted to Comcast Center today, May 7, 2013, after 10:30 a.m.

  • Click HERE to view the Sadat Lecture Series presenting the Dalai Lama
    at Comcast Center starting at 10:00 a.m., May 7, 2013.

    • Click HERE to view the Sadat Lecture Series presenting the Dalai Lama at
      "A Meeting of the Two Oceans" in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
      at 1:45 p.m., May 7, 2013.

FYI UPDATE: Tickets for the Sadat Lecture for Peace with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet on May 7, 2013, are completely sold out.

Logistics Information

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m. The event is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

LOCATION: Comcast Center, University of Maryland

DOORS OPEN: 7:30 a.m.


  • Gate D (lower level entrance opposite parking lot 4B): Entrance for individuals with Gold tickets marked "Floor Seating."
  • Gate B (top of the stairs entrance opposite parking lot 4B): Entrance for individuals with Gold tickets marked "VIP Seating"
  • Gate C (lower level entrance to the right of main front entrance): Entrance for media and staff, as well as some individuals for accessible seating.
  • Gates A and E: Main entry points for students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
  • Shuttle buses to/from Metro Station: Pick and drop off at Parking Lot PP*

TICKETS: This event is sold out.

SEATING INSIDE THE COMCAST CENTER: Seating will be by "general admission" on a first-come, first-served basis. Please follow usher directions.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING: There will be sign language interpreters at the event, and the program will be captioned on the Comcast Center large screens. A limited number of seats will be reserved in the Comcast Center for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. After you pass through the front door, please go to the Fan Assistance window to the left of the front door and a volunteer will direct you. Please note that seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION: Faculty, staff and students should park in their designated areas. TTG (Terrapin Trail Garage) and Lot 4B will be reserved for invited guests on May 7. The UMD Department of Transportation Services will contact permit holders in those lots to provide them with information about alternate parking arrangements on the day of the event.

Because a large crowd is expected, please follow directions from official personnel. If you are directed to an alternate parking area, you may leave your car there all day without penalty. We strongly encourage members of the campus community to take public transportation and car pool to work on Tuesday, May 7.

Faculty, staff and students attending the lecture are encouraged to WALK to the Comcast Center.

Limited handicapped parking will be available in the Terrapin Trail Garage.

Members of the general public should take public transportation. Very limited parking will be available in the visitor parking lots at a cost of $3 per hour. A list of visitor parking lots may be found here.

SHUTTLE BUSES: Free shuttle buses will be provided by the University of Maryland to and from the University of Maryland-College Park Metro Station (Green Line) starting at 7:00 a.m. on May 7 until two hours following the end of the event. The shuttle buses will drop off as close to the Comcast Center as possible, but there will be a short walk to the entrance. Regular shuttle bus service to and from the Metro Station will resume for the remainder of the day.

SECURITY: All attendees must go through a "bag check" and should bring as few personal items as possible. NO back packs, no large bags, no sharp objects, no umbrellas, no food or beverage, no strollers, and no signs will be allowed into the Comcast Center. These items cannot be left outside unattended, so please do not bring them.

PHOTO AND VIDEO CAMERAS: Taking photos and videos is permitted.

LIVE STREAMING: The lecture will be streamed live on the web. Click HERE to see the webstreaming.

CONCESSIONS: The concession stands will be open inside the Comcast Center. Light snacks and beverages will be sold.

OVERNIGHT LINES: Lining up overnight will NOT be permitted. Lines may begin forming at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7. Please follow police direction for the line.

CLASSES: Classes will be in session following normal university practices.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: All university administrative operations will continue as usual.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media inquiries should be sent to Mr. Neil Tickner, ntickner@umd.edu, 301.405.4622

GENERAL INFORMATION: Special Events office, events@ur.umd.edu; President's Office, sbarone@umd.edu