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The First Lady is Just Days Away from Coming to Springfield

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — It will be a first visit for the First Lady.  We are just days away from First Lady Michelle Obama’s stop in Springfield.

There’s sure to be heightened security at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The sold out $2,500 plate luncheon fundraiser will happen Friday afternoon right inside the museum.

Governor Deval Patrick, Connecticut’s Governor along with members of Congress are expected at the private event.

“Just thru a couple of walls she is gonna be in the building, so it’s gonna be exciting for everyone I think,” says John Thomas, Manager at Max’s Tavern.

Thomas told us that there’s been a few security checks this week at the restaurant, which is inside the Hall of Fame building.  He says come Friday, like the other business inside the Hall, they’ll still be open as normal.

“You can still come down to Max’s Tavern and we’ll be open for lunch and dinner as usual the parking lot should be open and good,” adds Thomas.

You can expect security checks at the building throughout the day until the First Lady leaves the event, according to Springfield Police.

They’ve been working closely with the Secret Service all week ahead of Mrs. Obama’s visit.  Police are asking people to avoid the Basketball Hall of Fame area from around noon to 3 p.m. Friday.

“There is gonna be a motorcade, things like that, things are gonna be blocked down for short period of time.  We don’t want people inconvenienced, but we don’t want people rubber necking to get a glimpse when they are not gonna see anything,” said Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

The visit will not create any extra costs for the Springfield Police Department.  According to Sgt. Delaney all officers providing security will already be on duty.

In addition to her stop in Springfield, the First Lady will make other campaign fundraising stops including hosting a discussion at Governor Patrick’s Richmond home, and a Pittsfield concert headlined by James Taylor

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