Blockades set up in downtown SLC for presidential visit; crowds gather to cheer

Posted at 12:05 PM, Apr 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-03 00:50:22-04

During FOX 13 News at 9 p.m.'s live shot, President Barack Obama's motorcade arrived at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake City. See the video above for the footage; the first signs of the motorcade appear at about 7:15 into the video.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Dozens of buses and dump trucks  surrounded the Sheraton Hotel downtown Thursday in preparation for President Barack Obama's arrival, and Thursday night crowds gathered to watch the Commander-in-Chief's motorcade arrive.

Authorities confirmed President Obama will be staying there during his time in Utah, and Thursday FOX 13 News' Caroline Connolly spoke with Utahns about the impact the president's stay is having on the area. She was also present when the motorcade arrived, see the video above for details.

The buses and dump trucks were part of the security set up, and guests at the hotel were reportedly notified of the president's presence and had to undergo

A jersey given to President Barack Obama by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

A jersey given to President Barack Obama by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

additional security to enter the building, including passing through metal detectors. Those who aren't guests were barred from the immediate area.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker met with Obama Thursday night, and he presented the president with a custom basketball jersey. Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also met with the president Thursday, as did Gov. Gary Herbert.

POTUS arrived in Utah Thursday evening and attend an event at Hill Air Force Base Friday.