WASHINGTON — People who wish to attend the official Inaugural Ball with President Barack Obama and his wife after his swearing-in ceremony next month were able to begin signing up Friday to obtain a limited number of tickets, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said.
In light of the struggling economy, the committee will hold only two official balls this time: the Inaugural Ball and the Commander in Chief's Ball.
Both the Inaugural Ball and the Commander in Chief's Ball, which is a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005 to honor members of the armed forces, will be held Jan. 21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the committee said. Having them at one place should also economize on security and law enforcement personnel needed.
People who wish to attend the Inaugural Ball must purchase tickets at $60 per person. Interested parties can fill out a form at http://action.2013pic.org/page/s/inaugural-ball-public-tickets-signup.
Those who sign up for tickets will receive notification by email when tickets become available, along with a link where they can request up to two tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Commander in Chief's Ball is for invited military guests only and is free.