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The rally is the first visit to Macomb County by President Trump since he took office. During the 2016 campaign, he visited the county twice, including a rally at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights two days before the November general election.

Traffic in the area is expected to be heavy in the hours leading up to the rally. Officials at Total Sports said parking at the complex will be provided only via a dirt service road that runs north from 30 Mile Road, just east of M-53. The remaining stretch of eastbound 30 Mile Road in the area will be closed to the public, as will Powell Road.

Doors at the 118,000-square-foot building at Total Sports Park are scheduled to open to the public at 4 p.m. For the business’s three primary partners – Chris McInally, Kevin Kelly and Brian Tinnion — it’s a massive and historical event for the building, which opened in January to soccer and volleyball clubs.

Kelly said a representative of the Trump campaign contacted Total Sports saying they wanted to use their facility and grounds for a rally. That was followed by communication from the White House. Campaign representatives visited, followed by the Secret Service, which assured the partners all the planning, security and other logistics would be taken care of.

Kelly said the selection of the site is an example of Trump’s support for small business. He noted that he and his partners are happy to accommodate the rally but aren’t doing it for political reasons. Kelly said they would extend the same courtesy as hosts, for example, had Barack Obama still been president.

Trump defeated Clinton in Macomb County, 53.6 percent to 42.1 percent. In terms of votes, the difference was 48,348. That was more than three times the amount of his statewide, 13,478-vote margin of victory. Trump beat Clinton in 19 of 24 cities and townships in Macomb County (votes cast by residents in the villages of Armada, New Haven and Romeo are tabulated with neighboring communities). Most municipalities in the northern half of Macomb County are Republican strongholds, with GOP dominance down to and across township boards.

As girls volleyball teams practiced Thursday afternoon, rally organizers and support staff were at the facility assembling two large replicas of the American flag, stretching and affixing material onto wooden frames that may be a backdrop near the indoor stage where Trump is scheduled to speak.

Total Sports Park is stocking up on cases of bottled water and potato chips that will be available for purchase Saturday. To accommodate the many people expected to arrive early and wait for hours for Trump to arrive, 50 portable toilets will be on site.

Meantime, a protest rally is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m. in Shelby Township to counter Trump’s gathering, which is being given on the same night as the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner in Washington, D.C., an event the president has purposely bypassed since taking office. “Rally for Victory in Macomb” will hold the counter-demonstration at the UAW Local 400 hall, 50595 Mound Road.

“This rally is not just about being against the policies of Donald Trump. This is about what Macomb County Democrats stand for including supporting working families, providing quality education for all of our children, rebuilding our infrastructure, and so much more. We want to set an example in this county, especially for our young people, to prove that when you stand up for your values and organize, you can make real, lasting change,” said Dan Colling, a Lake Shore Public Schools board trustee and an organizer with Rally for Victory in Macomb.

“Macomb County is a great place to live. Our residents are tough, empathetic people who know the meaning of a hard day’s work. In 2016, Macomb County voted for change. Unfortunately, we got hate and division, instead,” said Jeremy Fisher, president of the Warren Area Democratic Club and an organizer with Rally for Victory in Macomb.

For those attending either rally, the weather is expected to be chilly but dry Saturday afternoon through evening, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will be stuck in the 40s during the afternoon, and will hover in the low-40s around 7 p.m. However, wind from the north at 10-15 mph will make it feel like 35 to 40 degrees in early evening, meteorologist Steve Considine said.