Brigham City prepares for ceremony

Jul 24 2010 - 12:04am

BRIGHAM CITY -- City officials are planning to close some streets in preparation for the July 31 groundbreaking ceremonies for the new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The affected streets will be closed beginning at 6 a.m., and will be reopened about 11 a.m. The closures include:

SBlt Main Street from 200 South to 300 South.

SBlt 200 South and 300 South will both be closed from 100 West to 100 East.

Rick Bosworth, the city's public information officer, said a limited number of parking spaces for vehicles with handicap placards will be provided for vehicles near the temple lot at 100 West between 200 South and 300 South streets.

"Access to open businesses should not be interrupted," Bosworth said.

The city has asked local churches and schools for permission to park. Parking will also be available at the community center at 24 North 300 West.

Ron Frandsen, who has had the church assignment of working with the city to prepare the lot for the temple groundbreaking ceremonies, said there will be 2,000 folding chairs placed for individuals with tickets.

Those who have tickets must be in their seats by 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., seating will be open to the public.

Frandsen said the majority of the seats will be placed in the shade.

Those wishing to attend without tickets are invited to come and stand and are advised to bring drinking water.

"The one variable we are not sure of is how many people without tickets will attend," Frandsen said.

The city is anticipating anywhere from 2,500 to 10,000 people on the temple lot at 250 S. Main St. and historic Tabernacle grounds across the street.

Speakers will be provided for sound on the tabernacle lawn.

"There will be no seating or standing on Main Street between 200 South and 300 South and personal chairs and blankets cannot be used to reserve places," Bosworth said in a news release.

Brigham City residents are encouraged to walk to the event, as a large number of out-of-town visitors are expected to attend.

The 45-minute ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.

Television coverage will be broadcast to local LDS church stake centers and also inside the historic tabernacle.

President Boyd K. Packer will be presiding at the event.

It is the 14th LDS Temple in Utah.

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