People line up for tickets to see President Obama at Uptown Theater

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The president will be speaking at Uptown Theater when he visits Kansas City next week.

President Barack Obama will arrive in Kansas City on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

He will stay overnight, then on Wednesday at 11 a.m., will talk about the economy at the Uptown Theater.

The speech is open to the public. Tickets are free and will be handed out here on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday at 9 a.m.

People started lining up for tickets late Sunday morning fearing they would go quickly.

"I can't imagine I'm not going to sleep, I'm so wired right now," Darlene Ford, the first person in line, said on Sunday.

Ford packed food, water, a book and energy drinks before heading to Midtown to sit in front of the theater.

"I didn't want to miss out on getting a ticket," Ford said.

The mother of six marked her place in line 24 hours early.

"I nearly came last night, I'm glad I didn't now because I'm already the first person in line," Ford said.

Those lucky enough to get a ticket have to be at the Uptown Theater early Wednesday morning to go through airport-like security screening. No bags, signs or banners are allowed.

The president will leave Kansas City shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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