Updated: 6:26 p.m. Tue. Aug. 20
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Hundreds of Central New Yorkers lined up as early as Monday night in an effort to pick up tickets to President Obama's speech at Henninger High School in Syracuse.
The free tickets were distributed beginning at noon on Tuesday at Sunnycrest Ice Rink and were gone within an hour. Some people were sent away without tickets.
The president is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
White House would not reveal the number of tickets that were distributed.
Doors will open at 3 p.m. on Thursday for those who have tickets to the event at Henninger High School.
The White House says that for security reasons, people attending can not bring bags and should limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted and all attendees will go through airport-like security.
Tickets to the event are being offered to juniors and seniors at each Syracuse high school, specifically those who are taking college prep courses.
Principals from those schools will accompany the students to Henninger on Thursday.