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Kellogg Arena reimbursed costs of hosting Trump rally

Posted at 12:10 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 12:10:17-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Arena has been reimbursed for the cost of hosting President Donald Trump’s rally in December.

Trump’s “Merry Christmas Rally” last month cost the arena about $33,000 in labor and equipment to set up for the event. Shortly after the event, the arena submitted an invoice to the president’s campaign to be reimbursed.

The arena received the money this week.

The City of Battle Creek is also planning to send an invoice to the Trump campaign to cover the $93,000 it spent on the event. Most of the expenses came from staffing the event with police and fire departments, building maintenance, public works and transit employees.

Other costs included translating logistical information into Spanish and Burmese, using city vehicles and purchasing supplies like concrete and barricades. Battle Creek received $2,500 from Kellogg Arena for barricades used for crowd control in Festival Market Square that day.

Battle Creek is expecting to submit its invoice by the end of this week.