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Another batch of tickets to Trump’s Bismarck speech going up for sale

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Eugene, Oregon, U.S., May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo

BISMARCK – People hoping to see presidential candidate Donald Trump’s speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck next week will soon have another shot at tickets.

North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness said a batch of between 400 and 700 tickets will be made available at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bismarck Event Center box office and through Ticketmaster.

As of Tuesday, more than 3,780 tickets had been sold for Trump’s appearance, petroleum council spokeswoman Tessa Sandstrom said.

“They pretty much go as soon as they’re available,” Ness said. “It’s a hot ticket.”

Additional tickets will probably go on sale May 25 after organizers determine conference registration, Ness said. The conference had more than 2,300 registrants on Tuesday, and that number continues to grow, he said, adding he expects 400 to 500 walk-ups to the conference.

Trump will speak at 1 p.m. May 26 at the Event Center, with seating for 7,600, Ness said. Those who pay $400 to register for the full May 24-26 conference will be guaranteed to see the GOP’s presumptive nominee, while tickets for the public are $30 apiece.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to cover conference expenses, and none of the money will go to Trump’s campaign, Ness said.

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