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More than 75,000 expected for sold-out President Donald Trump rally with GOP Sen Ted Cruz in Houston

President Donald Trump is shown in this file photo with Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Trump is holding a rally with Cruz on Monday that is sold out well beyond capacity. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

More than 75,000 people have signed up for a President Donald Trump rally in Houston at a location that can hold only about 18,000, the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday. Trump is holding the rally with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who is facing a re-election challenge from U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

On Friday, 77,854 people were already signed up for the rally, according to the report.

Attendees must have tickets and will be admitted according to their order in line before the doors open.

"Keep in mind that once the capacity is met, you won't get in whether you have a ticket or not," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced in the Houston Chronicle.

The Trump campaign is reportedly not considering moving the event. The event was already moved once – from the NRG Arena to the Toyota Center, the Texas Tribune reported Thursday. The NRG Arena has a capacity of about 10,000, compared to about 18,000 at the Toyota Center.

What about security?

Security surrounding the event is expected to be tight and Houston’s police department will be “fully mobilized,” Acevedo said.

"We will have many, many officers out and about," Acevedo told the Houston Chronicle. "We will have officers on the high ground, low ground, in the air. We will have officers in plainclothes, we will have undercover officers, we will have react teams."

Federal, state and county level officers will also be on hand, along with the usual Secret Service detail for Trump.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Trump's Texas campaign chairman, are also scheduled to speak at the rally.

Acevedo cautioned protesters and counter-protesters to "exercise their First Amendment rights in a lawful manner.”

"You would be foolish not to," the police chief said.

Anything else?

Police will begin closing off streets around the Toyota Center early Monday morning, Acevedo said, with closures on Bell, Jackson, La Branch and Polk streets near the arena. Other road closures are expected to be announced over the weekend.

Attendees are likely to begin lining up overnight for the rally, Acevedo said. Large crowds are expected around the Toyota Center on Monday and people who work downtown should plan for delays, he addded.

The event starts around 5 p.m. and doors will open about two to three hours prior.

The weather in Houston is expected to be rainy on Monday, with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s.

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