The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

News Release

  • For Immediate Release
  • January 14, 2013
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Chairman Schumer Unveils Tickets and First-Ever Mobile Web App for 2013 Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies

For the First Time, the Joint Congressional Committee Will Host A Mobile Web App To Help Inaugural Attendees Travel Smoothly And Find Their Designated Area

As Joint Congressional Committee Begins Distribution to House & Senate Members, Schumer Provides First Look at Official Tickets

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, unveiled the tickets and first-ever mobile web app for individuals attending this year’s Inaugural Ceremonies. Schumer also unveiled the official map and ticket access plan for the ceremonies, announcing how ticket holders should travel to the ceremonies. Beginning today, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies will release tickets to Members of Congress.

“It’s a great honor to present the tickets for the 57th Inaugural Ceremonies,” said Schumer. “These state-of-the-art tickets will keep counterfeiters out, and ensure that all ticket holders know exactly how to get to their designated spot to enjoy this year’s Inaugural Ceremonies. For the first time ever, a mobile web app will help anyone on Inauguration day figure out the best route from the Metro stations right to their ticketed area. These tickets and this new site are a big part of our efforts to make sure these ceremonies are safe and enjoyable for everyone who attends.”       

Tickets will be distributed to House Members today, and Senate Members beginning tomorrow, Tuesday January 15, 2013. Each Member’s office is then responsible for distributing their allotment of tickets to their constituents.

The 250,000 color-coded tickets were printed by the Government Printing Office and contain multiple security features to protect against counterfeiting. Every person attending the Inaugural Ceremonies on Capitol Grounds is required to have a ticket, including children (with the exception of infants too young to walk).

Schumer today announced that for the first time ever, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has created a mobile web app for individuals attending the 57th Inaugural Ceremonies. In order to access the new mobile web app individuals must go to www.inaugural.senate.gov. They will be asked to “allow” the website to use their current location. When the individual selects “allow” they will be able to utilize the new mobile web app. The mobile web app includes GPS technology that will direct ticket holders to the appropriate gate based on the color of the ticket they hold. Schumer encouraged individuals with a ticket, or those coming to the National Mall to view the ceremonies without a ticket, to visit www.inaugural.senate.gov on their mobile device. The mobile web app will carry a live feed of the ceremonies, as well as additional information about the Inauguration for individuals around the country who do not travel to Washington. 

Ticketed guests must enter the Capitol Grounds through the entry point designated for their particular section. Because of the large crowds expected to be traveling to the Capitol Grounds and the National Mall, and the numerous street closures and other security measures that will impact travel routes, ticketed guests are advised to make careful plans to ensure they arrive at their designated access point well in advance of the start of the official program. Security screening gates will open at 7:00 AM, music will begin at approximately 9:30 AM, and Chairman Schumer will deliver the opening remarks at 11:30 AM. Guests not through the screening points by 11:30 AM may not be allowed to enter.  

Information for non-ticketed attendees: Visitors without tickets should not attempt to view the Inaugural Ceremonies or access the non-ticketed viewing areas on the National Mall by exiting at Federal Center SW, Judiciary, Union Station or Capitol South Metro Stations.   Because of parade staging, it is impossible to reach the National Mall from the Federal Center SW Metro station.  The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.

Individuals without tickets should visit http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/metro_events/inauguration.cfm for walking instructions to the non-ticketed Mall viewing areas from appropriate Metro Stations. Union Station, Judiciary Square, Capitol South and Federal Center SW are for ticketed areas only. There are no access routes from these stations to the non-ticketed viewing areas on the Mall.

For individuals with disabilities: Additional information about accessible travel routes and ticketed sections is available at www.inaugural.senate.gov.

Following are important notes for ticketed guests coming to the U.S. Capitol Grounds:

Blue ticket holders will enter through the gate at Delaware and D Streets NE. Blue ticket holders may approach their seating area through Union Station, and the pathway for these ticket holders begins at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station.

Ticket holders can also exit at the Metro stop NoMa-Gallaudet U, then follow signs to the U.S. Capitol Building. They should walk south along First St. NE and signs to the Blue area will be at Massachusetts Ave. and First St. NE. Ticket holders may also travel down Third St. NW, following signs to the Capitol.

Blue ticket holders should not exit at Judiciary Square, Capitol South or Federal Center SW. Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square stations are closed.

Gold ticket holders will enter through the gate at Third Street and C St. SW.

Gold ticket holders arriving by Metro can access their seating area through the Federal Center SW or L’Enfant Place Metro stations.  Gold ticket holders should not exit at Judiciary Square, Union Station or Capitol South. The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.

At Federal Center SW, signs outside of the station will lead ticket holders to the Gold gate at Third and Independence Ave. SW.

For ticket holders arriving at L’Enfant Plaza, signs to the U.S. Capitol will be located outside the station. Signs directing ticket holders to the Gold area will start on Third St. and C St. SW.

Green Ticket Holders will enter through the gate at Second and D Streets SW. Green ticket holders should access the gate through the Federal Center SW Metro station or L’Enfant Plaza station(delete s).

Signs outside the Federal Center SW station will lead ticket holders to the Green gate.

From L’Enfant Plaza, green ticket holders should follow signs outside the station to the U.S. Capitol. Signs directing ticket holders to the Green area will start on Third St SW.

Green ticket holders should not exit at Judiciary Square, Union Station or Capitol South. The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.

Orange Ticket Holders will enter through the gate at First and D Streets NW. Orange ticket holders arriving by Metro should access their seating area through the Judiciary Square or Gallery Place Metro Stations. Signs outside the Judiciary Square station will lead to the Orange gate at First and D Streets NW.

From outside the Gallery Place-Chinatown station, orange ticket holders should follow signs to the Capitol. Signs directing ticket holders to the Orange area will start at E and Third Streets NW.

Orange ticket holders should not exit at Federal Center SW, Union Station or Capitol South. The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.

Yellow Ticket Holders will enter through the gate at Third and D Streets NW.  Yellow ticket holders arriving by Metro should access their seating area through the Judiciary Square or Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stations.  They should not exit at Federal Center SW, Union Station or Capitol South. The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.

From Judiciary Square: Signs outside the station will lead to the Yellow Gate at Third and D Streets NW.

From Gallery Place-Chinatown: Outside the station, signs will point to the U.S. Capitol.

Red Ticket Holders will enter through the gate at South Capitol and C Streets SE. Red ticket holders arriving by Metro should access their seating area through Capitol South or Eastern Market Metro stations.  Do not exit at Judiciary Square, Union Station or Federal Center SW. Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square stations are closed.

From Eastern Market, red ticket holders will find signs outside the Metro station to the U.S. Capitol. Signs directing ticket holders to the Red area will start on Second and C Streets SE.

Metro riders should be aware that Metro trains may not be able to stop at stations that are deemed to be overcrowded for safety reasons. If this happens, and ticketed guests miss the designated stop for their ticket area, they should get off at the next possible stop and walk back toward their designated station.

Information about how ticket holders can access the Capitol Grounds and other important information for people with tickets to the Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremonies is available on the website of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, http://www.inaugural.senate.gov.

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