Dalai Lama Visits Charlottesville

Oct 10, 2012 -- 4:37am

Security is going to be tight for the visit of Tibet's Dalai Lama to Charlottesville Thursday.

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet .

The event is sold out, and organizers say everyone who attends the event will be wanded by metal detectors at the front gate.

All bags will be searched and guests will be asked to empty their pockets.

Charlotttesville Pavilion general manager Kirby Hutto says  that the fewer personal belongings you bring, particularly items made of metal, the faster the process will run.

People with lawn tickets can bring small lawn chairs or blankets, but cameras will not be allowed. Cell phones will be allowed, but you will be instructed to turn them off before the program begins. Anyone caught using a cell phone camera will be asked to leave.


Attendees are asked to plan for a long day. Some food and drinks will be sold inside the pavilion, and guests will be allowed to bring in small amounts of food and drink, but no glass or metal, no coolers except on the lawn, and all beverages must be unopened in their factory-sealed containers.

The Dalai Lama's event at the Charlottesville Pavilion begins at 12:30 on Thursday. Gates of the pavilion will open at 11am.


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