Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is returning to the Pacific Northwest after a long absence from the region, his campaign announced yesterday.
Sanders will make his first appearance in Cascadia this cycle on Monday, February 17th, at the Tacoma Dome with United States Representative Pramila Jayapal, who is the campaign’s Washington State Chair and a top national surrogate.
The rally is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.
Monday, February 17th (Presidents Day)
7 PM Pacific Time
Rally in Washington with Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421
Doors will open at 5 PM. The speaking program will begin two hours later, at 7 PM, and conclude at around 9 PM, the campaign says.
Entrance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Tacoma Dome is ADA accessible and is able to accommodate differently abled persons.
No ticket is needed, but the campaign asks that you RSVP if at all possible.
In its densest configuration, the Tacoma Dome has the capacity to hold about 23,000 people, which is more than the now-gutted KeyArena or the University of Washington’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion, which hosted Sanders rallies in 2015 and 2016. Sanders supporters packed both of those venues for rallies last cycle, and also filled a large number of seats at Safeco Field at a third rally held shortly before the 2016 Washington State Democratic presidential precinct caucuses.
Sound Transit has announced that Tacoma Link streetcar service hours will be extended in order to accommodate people attending the rally.
Sound Transit advises that the last northbound Tacoma Link streetcar will depart Tacoma Dome Station at 9:48 PM, almost fifty minutes after the speaking program is scheduled to end. The last southbound Tacoma Link streetcar will leave Theater District Station at 10 PM. Regular ST Express service will be available after the event ends, as well. There will be no special evening Sounder service, but Sounder will operate on its normal weekday schedule for the Presidents Day holiday.
So if you’d like to take Sounder down to Tacoma in the afternoon or early evening from Seattle, you can. Just be aware you’ll have to take the bus to get back.
The streets around the Tacoma Dome tend to be extremely congested before and after concerts or special events, so we strongly recommend taking transit to get to the event if you wish to go. Tacoma Dome Station is thankfully a major multimodal hub with frequent connections to Seattle and other destinations.
Take advantage so that you don’t have to sit in an idling car watching pedestrians walk in front of you while trying to get to or from the rally.
NPI plans to cover the rally, so if you cannot go, you are welcome to join us here on the Cascadia Advocate on Friday evening for special live coverage.
UPDATE, SATURDAY 15TH, 2020, 12:25 PM: Bernie 2020 has informed NPI of several additions to the lineup for Monday’s rally:
Bernie 2020 announced today that musical act, Portugal. The Man will join Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Pramila Jayapal at their rally in Tacoma on Monday night. Actor Tim Robbins will also be speaking at the rally. Portugal. The Man will take the stage at 6 PM and the speaking program will start at 7 PM.
Portugal. The Man acquired worldwide fame for their smash hit, “Feel It Still”. The music video for the single has been viewed over 275 million times on YouTube.
Actor Tim Robbins is beloved for his portrayal of Andy Dufresne in the classic film The Shawshank Redemption, in which Morgan Freeman co-starred.