All Public Tickets Claimed for October 30 U.S. Senate Debate

UPDATE: All 450 public tickets for the October 30 U.S. Senate debate in Indianapolis have been claimed as of 12:30 p.m. today. “This is not unusual and does reflect the keen interest in this debate coming up,” said Gerry Lanosga, debate commission president. Details for the debate were announced this morning and tickets were all claimed in less than three hours. In the past, the commission has also experienced quick claims on tickets made available either at physical box offices or online. For those who cannot attend in person, C-SPAN will be carrying the debate live and the debate commission will stream live. Tickets were also claimed in a similar short window for a 2016 gubernatorial debate at the University of Southern Indiana.


The Indiana Debate Commission is offering up to 450 public tickets today for one of two U.S. Senate debates scheduled for one of the most important midterm races in the nation.

The live debate – which will also be carried by C-SPAN and livestreamed online by the commission on its website – is scheduled with the following details:


Date: Tuesday, October 30

Time: 7 p.m. EDT

Venue: Toby Theater at Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

Ticket link: October 30 U.S. Senate Debate

Ticket Policy: Two tickets per person, adherence to house rules

All three candidates on the ballot – incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, Republican Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton – are participating.

“Since our first debate in 2008, we have had debates in venues open to public participation every election year,” said commission President Gerry Lanosga. “We’re committed to making sure voter interests are primary and that questions submitted by the public will be asked of the candidates.”

The Indy Chamber, which will hold a live watch party for its membership in an adjacent space at Newfields for its popular HobNob event, is underwriting the event. AARP-Indiana, one of the founding member groups of the commission, is providing financial support. WFYI-TV is managing the broadcast production.

Members of the general public are invited to reserve tickets for the debate at this link, which the commission expects to go quickly. Tickets are limited to two per person, and audience members must agree to adhere to the posted rules for debate attendance found on the commission website.

The Indianapolis debate is the first to be announced with final venue and ticket details. The upcoming televised debate, per commission practice since 2008, is available to media outlets for statewide distribution via a free broadcast signal and live web stream.

Voters can also watch the livestream from home on the commission’s website. Indiana voters can continue submitting proposed questions for the Senate debates online at

The candidates have also agreed to an October 8 debate to be held in Northwest Indiana. The debate commission is finalizing details and will announce a location and ticketing details for the event soon.