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Debate 2016 - Hofstra University - September 26, 2016

Arrival & Parking

All media must park at the Mitchell Field parking lot on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale beginning Monday, September 19. Parking and shuttle buses are free to members of the media.

First arriving on site? Find out how to pick up your credential and use the shuttle bus system. The shuttle bus also serves the Marriott hotel.

To get GPS directions to the Mitchel Field parking facility, use the address of the adjacent parking lot, the Reckson building, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Uniondale. Mitchel Field is 100 yards further down the road.

Shuttle buses will be available from the Long Island Marriott, beginning Monday, September 19, through Tuesday, September 27.

For the Long Island Rail Road schedule visit http://lirr42.mta.info/ and check for arrival at Hempstead or Mineola.

Taxis are available. Ask them to take you to the Mitchel Field parking facility on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale. 

If you are arriving through John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia airports, we recommend that you do not take a yellow NYC cab, as the charge would be for both ways. Local car services include All Island Taxi 516-481-1111 or SuperShuttle (800) BLUE VAN (258-3826) or www.supershuttle.com

Drop off and pick up for all car service is in the Mitchel Field parking facility, not on the Hofstra campus. Due to security measures and temporary road closures on and around the Hofstra campus, this will be the most reliable method of getting to and from the site, especially on September 26.

NICE Bus Alternate Routes:
Several NICE bus routes will be affected by the Debate. View information from NICE.

Special driving instructions for Monday, September 26

Due to road closures, you will be unable to get to the Mitchel Field parking facility the way that GPS or directions took you previously.

Get off the Meadowbrook at Exit M4 but continue on the ramp to “Charles Lindbergh Blvd/Museum Row” – DO NOT GET OFF FOR HEMPSTEAD TPKE/RT 24.

The ramps from both the Northbound and Southbound Meadowbrook merge to Charles Lindbergh Boulevard going west. It is about one mile to the Mitchel Field parking facility.

Call the Transportation desk (516) 463-7433 (RIDE)


Accreditation Center

The Accreditation Center is located in
The Sandra and David Mack Student Center
200 Hofstra University
1000 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11549
(Enter Hofstra Blvd. From the California Ave. Gate)

There is a parking lot adjacent to the student center where you may park for up to 1 hour while you pick up your credentials. Note: If you arrive on September 26 you will not be able to use this lot.  You must go to the Mitchel Parking Lot and take the shuttle bus for Uncredentialed Media to the Accreditation Center. 

Accreditation Center hours:  (available for pickup of official CPD/USSS credentials)

Saturday 9/24 9am to 7pm
Sunday 9/25 9am to 7pm
Monday 9/26 8am to 6pm

To get your credential, you will need a government-issued photo ID as well as a secondary form of ID.

 If you arrive on site early you may be given a temporary pre-debate credential.  This credential will only be good until official CPD passes are issued starting on Saturday, 9/24.  Campus credentials may be used outside the perimeter.

Once you have your credentials you must move your vehicle to the Mitchell Field Complex (333 Earle Ovington Blvd, Uniondale, NY 11553) there will be shuttle service to the Media Filing Center beginning Monday, September 20.

Take the shuttle to the Media Filing Center and stop at the Hofstra Rate Card Desk to check on facility orders you have already placed or place orders you need.  If you will be in the Media Filing Center you will need to check with the CPD desk when it opens in order to be assigned a seat. Phone and data service will be turned on for you in a timely fashion. 

Media Filing Center

The Media Filing Center is in the Physical Education Building on Hofstra Blvd.

Hours of Operation are:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 22, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, September 23, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 25, 9:00 am - start of sweep
  • Monday, September 26, 7:00 am, until the last person leaves
  • Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 am - 2:00 pm 

There will be shuttle service starting on 9/21 between the Media parking lot at the Omni Rickson field and the north end of the Media Filing Center. Service to/from the Marriott Hotel begins on Saturday the 23.