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12K 'Do Not Sit Here' Stickers Removed at Trump Tulsa Rally

12K 'Do Not Sit Here' Stickers Removed at Trump Tulsa Rally
President Donald Trump supporters cheer Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, before a Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By    |   Sunday, 28 June 2020 09:11 AM

Tulsa, Oklahoma's, BOK Center purchased 12,000 "Do Not Sit Here, Please!" stickers for the 19,000-seat arena that hosted President Donald Trump's June 20 campaign rally, but the stickers were removed, according to Billboard magazine.

The removal of the stickers were directed by Trump campaign staff, according to ASM Global Executive VP Doug Thornton, whose venue management company oversees almost 325 arenas across the world.

"They also told us that they didn't want any signs posted saying we should social distance in the venue," Thornton told Billboard.

"The campaign went through and removed the stickers."

The stickers are part of the company's VenueShield program developed amid the global coronavirus pandemic, which restricts seating in every other seat in the venue.

The resistance to seating full capacity rallies might be facing more battles with the Trump campaign. Thornton's ASM Global manages all seven arenas in Jacksonville, Florida, where the Trump campaign has moved its Republican National Convention speech in late August, according to the report.

"We're going to be working with the same Trump campaign staff that we worked with in Tulsa," Thornton told Billboard. "And I suspect there'll be more rallies between now and the end of the year. If we're going to do an event, we'll need to continue to have conversations with our clients and the people who own our buildings and work through any governance issues."

A third-party video reviewed by Billboard and The Washington Post shows two men walking down the BOK Center aisles peeling off the three-inch square stickers from chairs at the rally, per reports.

The campaign paid $573,705 to rent the building and had publicly announced more than 1 million had requested tickets for the first-come, first-serve event. The rally ran at far less than capacity. Media had mocked the campaign for holding the campaign at less than capacity, while also criticizing the campaign for holding the first large-gathering event in the first place because of the ongoing pandemic.

The next attack on the campaign will be the allegation that COVID-19 was spread at the event. Oklahoma is one of the least infected states in the U.S., ranking 36th among the 50 states in positive cases. It ranks 33rd in the most COVID-19 deaths.

"We know that eight Trump campaign staff members that were here tested positive for the coronavirus, and we know that two of them were intermingling with the people in the arena," Tulsa Police Department corporal David Crow told a Tulsa Public Facilities Authority meeting Tuesday, per Billboard. "Obviously, we know that that event probably triggered some type of broader infection."

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Tulsa, Oklahoma's, BOK Center purchased 12,000 "Do Not Sit Here, Please!" stickers for the 19,000-seat arena that hosted President Donald Trump's June 20 campaign rally, but the stickers were removed, according to Billboard magazine....
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