An idea worth exploring. UA and the local governments have shown us that when they put their heads together, they can do just about anything. But I figured most presidential debates go to swing states...
Some city leaders hope Tuscaloosa could host presidential debate
there is already some talk in Tuscaloosa about possibly hosting a presidential debate for the 2016 election.
The discussions are described as very preliminary, and it’s too early to say whether the city will even make a bid to get a debate, according to those involved.
Cost is a major consideration...the cost of staging the 2008 debate in Oxford was about $5 million and included preparing facilities, providing security, transportation and other accommodations
Some requirements for bidding for a presidential debate (these for the 2012 bids):
* $7,500 non-refundable application fee
* A hall of at least 17,000 square feet
* Parking near the hall to accommodate 30 large television remote trucks
* Media parking for 500 vehicles,
* A separate facility for a media center
* 3,000 hotel rooms with a 30 minute drive of the debate site