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Inaugural Platform Facts

History and information on the inaugural platform used during the Inauguration of Presidents of the United States
  • The inaugural 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 including:
    • The President and Vice-President-elects and their families
    • Members of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
    • Cabinet members and nominees
    • Justices of the Supreme Court
    • The outgoing President and Vice President
    • Former presidents
    • The Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Governors
    • The diplomatic corps
  • In addition, bleachers built above the platform, on the Upper West
  • Terrace will hold another 1,000 people including choirs and guests.
  • It is built entirely of lumber, to protect the surfaces of the Capitol.
  • The platform is fully ADA compliant.
  • 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. Capitol.
  • Planning and design of the platform began more than a year ago.

Courtesy of the Rules Committee U.S. Senate

 

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