After what the Trump campaign described as "unprecedented" demand for tickets, the venue for Monday's Make America Great Again rally has moved from NRG Arena to the much larger Toyota Center.
Per the president's 2020 campaign manager:
Response for tickets to #MAGA rally #Houston Mon 10/22 has been HUGE and unprecedented! This will be an epic rally, so we’re moving to @ToyotaCenter. Want to make sure everyone coming knows the venue changed!— Brad Parscale (@parscale) October 18, 2018
Many balked at the original location's limited 8,000-seat capacity after Trump promised “the biggest stadium in Texas we can find" to rally for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is the final stretch of a competitive reelection campaign against U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Yet among local venues, the Toyota Center still ranks low in capacity:
- NRG Arena, capacity 8,000
- Toyota Center, capacity 18,043
- TDECU Stadium. capacity 40,000
- Minute Maid Park, capacity 41,168
- Rice Stadium, capacity 47,000
- NRG Stadium, capacity 72,220
The rally will reportedly follow a familiar script as the president touts accomplishments from his first two years in office. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also announced they will speak at the Monday rally to show support for both the president and Cruz.
These high-profile visits closely follow a string of recent envoys meant to bolster Cruz's reelection chances, including drop-ins from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr.
Anyone interested in joining the Toyota Center spectacle must register in advance.