City Confirms VP Mike Pence Expected In Memphis For NCAA; Flight Restrictions Issued

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The City of Memphis confirms with Local 24 that Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament Games Friday in Memphis.

Spokesman Kyle Veazey tells us they are expecting him for a visit. Pence's wife graduated from Butler University, from his home state. They are taking on North Carolina Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration has issues Temporary Flight Restrictions beginning Friday through Saturday for “VIP Movement.”

From the FAA directive:

No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM (except as described).

Except the flight operations listed below:

  • Aircraft arriving or departing KMEM and M01 airports.
  • Military aircraft directly supporting the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the office of The Vice President of the United States.
  • Law enforcement, firefighting, and medevac/air ambulance flights on active missions.
  • Aircraft operations necessitated for safety or emergency reasons.
  • All aircraft approved to operate within the TFR must be squawking an ATC discrete code at all times while in the TFR and must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC. 

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland issued this statement on the possible visit.

“Just as with the thousands of other fans who will enjoy the games in our great venue, we hope Vice President Pence experiences the hospitality for which Memphis is so well-known.

 

“As we have with previous dignitary visits to our city, we will do all we can to assist. The Memphis Police Department will work with the Secret Service and other agencies, including FedExForum staff, to ensure the safety of all of our visitors. I have not yet learned if I will have the opportunity to meet the vice president, but if I do, I look forward to discussing ways we can work together for the benefit of Memphis.”


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