About the Debate Venue
The Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center was dedicated in the spring of 2010 and has already hosted more than 20,000 people in just its first full season.
The 750-seat performing arts center is home to live theatrical performances produced by the university's theater arts program and professional Live at Lynn series, as well as Conservatory of Music concerts and other university-hosted events.
The Wold features superb acoustics, a modern lighting system, a large, light-filled lobby, and flexible space well-suited for dramatic productions, concerts and other cultural events. With an elegant salon, outdoor sunset terrace and intimate rehearsal studio, this world-class center offers opportunities for teaching, learning, performing and hosting important dialogues.
For example, in October 2010, Lynn students had a front-row seat to a mid-term election debate at the Wold Center between Allen West (R) and Ron Klein (D) for one of Florida’s seats in the United States House of Representatives. Notable events have also included speakers David McCullough and Jim Lehrer—who visited immediately after Lynn learned it was hosting the final presidential debate. Additionally, the center has hosted several civic forums where important conversations about education reform, voting rights and other community issues have brought in sold-out crowds.
The Wold Center is an amazing venue that is perfectly suited to host a 2012 presidential debate, and we are proud that it will provide a platform to show the world a major example of American democracy in action.