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George had very few tickets from the Inaugural Committee to distribute and thousands of requests. At this time, all allocated tickets have been distributed. In the unlikely event that a pair becomes available, they will be raffled off to the raffle list that was previously open on this website.


If you do not have a ticket to one of the standing ticketed areas, you can still attend the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on January 21st 2013. More information about the non-ticketed public viewing areas can be found on the National Mall website. Please pay special attention to the security information.

You can also attend other Inauguration related events - visit


Due to security concerns, many streets will be closed around the capitol grounds and downtown Washington. Please review the open pedestrian routes on this map (PDF). More information is available on the Secret Service website.


Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
An interactive map and PDF seating chart can help you plan your route for Inauguration Day morning.  The most up to date security information, including items prohibited inside the security parameter, is also available.

Presidential Inaugural Committee
The Presidential Inaugural Committee has planned a number of weekend events, including a Day of Service on the National Mall on Saturday.

The Washington Metro
Metrorail will provide 17 consecutive hours of rush-hour service -- from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Inauguration Day. Metrorail will remain open until 2 a.m on Inauguration Day. Metro expects high ridership to Inaugural events. Be prepared for long lines, crowded trains and buses and intermittent delays. Plan your Metrorail trip so that you do not have to transfer between rail lines. Consider avoiding crowded stations and trains by walking up to two miles to reach your destination. Metro strongly recommends purchasing your farecard card in advance to avoid long lines on Inauguration Day.