Debate anticipation growing at Lynn University

8,000 people expected on Boca Raton campus

Debate Hall preparations at Lynn University.
Debate Hall preparations at Lynn University.

BOCA RATON, Fla – For a college campus, Saturday night was unusually quiet at Lynn University. Ask any student and they'll tell you why: it's the calm before the chaos of Monday's third and final presidential debate.

A landscape of lights, soundboards, satellite trucks and mobile broadcast sets were in place. Lynn University, which boasts a population of 2,000 students, is expected to host 8,000 more people on Monday. Most will be media.

"Everyone is so happy to be here. There's alumni from all over the country that's come down to help. And, you know, everyone's happy. Everyone's proud," said Lynn alum Gabrielle Rosenburg.

A few miles away, there was nothing quiet about the rally hosted by Mitt Romney's wife, Ann. An estimated 1,500 people gathered at the Mizner Ampitheatre to hear her stump for her husband.

North, on Palm Beach, Romney headlined two high-price fundraisers. Going into October, Romney, along with the Republican National Committee, reported $146 million in cash on hand.

The Romneys are expected to stay in Florida up to Monday's debate.

For Rosenburg, having both Romney and President Obama on stage at her alma mater will be worth the intricate planning, and worth having thousands of people on her turf.

"Having this debate here, is just -- there's no words. I'm obsessed with this school for a reason, and this is one of the reasons. I mean, how many people do you know who can pull this off? Come on, this is the best," she said.