"Our debate site, Newlin, is still a wonderful place to hold a debate and now Sutcliffe, which was part of our major construction and reconstruction project of a few years ago, is much more spacious and modern and will serve as an excellent media filing center and post-depate spin room," Trollinger said. "In 2000 Sutcliffe was just OK, if that. Now there is ample space."
Another plus for the college in the facilities department is that Newlin and Sutcliffe are only a couple of hundred yards apart, and that close proximity is important because a huge transmission cable is strung between the debate site and the media center.
"At one debate site, the debate hall and the media center were miles apart, while the distance was blocks in other cases," Trollinger said. "The distance for us is measured in just yards."
The debate would coincide with the beginning of Lincoln's bicentennial birthday celebration.