Commission on Presidential Debates
April 3, 2019

CPD Announces 2020 Debate Host Applicants

The following have submitted applications to the Commission on Presidential Debates to host a 2020 general election debate:

Belmont University
, Nashville, TN

City of Hartford
, Hartford, CT

Creighton University
, Omaha, NE

University of Michigan
, Ann Arbor, MI

University of Notre Dame
, Notre Dame, IN

Utah Debate Commission and the University of Utah
, Salt Lake City, UT

Commission on Presidential Debates
January 2, 2019

Request for proposals from sites interested in hosting a 2020 general election debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is accepting applications from sites interested in hosting a 2020 general election presidential or vice presidential debate. The deadline to submit a proposal to host a debate is April 2, 2019.
Below is an overview of the requirements:
      • A debate hall of at least 15,000 square feet that is air conditioned.
      • A large parking area close to the debate hall for 40 television remote trucks, trailers and/or satellite trucks up to 53 feet in length.
      • A media filing center, located either in the same facility as the debate hall or immediately adjacent to the debate hall that is a minimum of 20,000 square feet (may be a tent). This space must be air conditioned.
      • A media parking lot, located approximately one-quarter to one mile away from the media filing center, that can accommodate approximately 500 passenger vehicles.
      • An accreditation center of at least 3,000 square feet, located one-half to one mile away from the debate hall, with parking for up to 75 vehicles.
      • Nearby hotels that can provide 3,000 rooms for the event.
      • Adequate air and ground transportation networks.
      • The host’s guarantee of complete city services, including public safety personnel.
      • Financial contribution.
Specific requirements are subject to change.
To request an application, please email