Inaugural Platform Facts
History and information on the inaugural platform used during the Inauguration of Presidents of the United States
platform is constructed entirely from
scratch for each inaugural ceremony.
The platform will be
more than 10,000 square feet—the same
size as the platform used for the 2005
inaugural, which was the largest
platform ever built for an inauguration.
On inauguration day
it will hold more than 1,600 people
bleachers built above the platform, on
the Upper West
- The President and
Vice-President-elects and their
- Members of U.S.
Senate and House of Representatives
- Cabinet members
- Justices of the
- The outgoing
President and Vice President
- Former presidents
- The Joint Chiefs
- The diplomatic
Terrace will hold another 1,000 people
including choirs and guests.
It is built entirely
of lumber, to protect the surfaces of
The platform is fully
It is a stadium
design, which maximizes the sightlines
for the guests on the platform.
It is designed to
blend architecturally with the U.S.
Planning and design
of the platform began more than a year
Courtesy of the Rules
Committee U.S. Senate