Published: Oct 18, 2012 1:56 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-Crews are making the final preparations for Republican Vice Presidential contender Paul Ryan's visit to Southwest Florida.

Congressman Ryan will attend a private fundraiser in North Naples before speaking at a Victory Rally at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Gates at the complex open at 4:00 PM Thursday.

Those planning to attend should enter through the main entrance at Six Mile Cypress Parkway, according to the Romney Campaign.

Expect airport-like security upon entering the soccer field.  Bags will be checked.  Chairs, blankets, signs, umbrellas, and liquids of any kind are prohibited.

Crews say 5,000 people will have seats on the soccer field.  A mobile big-screen has been set-up for overflow at the softball fields.

Campaign organizers are expecting a large crowd at tonight's rally which will also include appearances by country singer Lee Greenwood, known for his song "God Bless the USA" as well as comedian Dennis Miller.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will introduce Paul Ryan, and other local politicians like Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson are scheduled to speak.

The gates at the Lee County Sports Complex open Thursday at 4:00 p.m., and Paul Ryan will speak at 7:15 p.m.

Free tickets are available at the Lee and Collier Victory Offices and can be reserved online. You can get yours at

Lee Victory Office

17595 S Tamiami Trail, Suite 203

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Collier Victory Office

2500 N Tamiami Trail

#107Naples, FL 34102