JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

People waiting in lines for tickets to President Barack Obama's appearance in Jacksonville on Thursday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center were disappointed the tickets were already gone.

"There was supposed to be tickets for two days for five hours, and by 3 o'clock they had run out," said Grace Gillen, an Obama supporter. "There were only a few tickets left, so I think it's going to be a very good event."

Other supporters say they're excited about two main things: seeing the president in person and seeing their city come alive during the run to a general election in November.

"I get to go, and I maybe even get to see him, I don't know," said Floyd Carroll, an Obama campaign volunteer. "But I'm hoping it motivates and gets everyone enthused about working for the president, because I know he's got our back, and we've got his. And I know he's about everyone in the country having the opportunity to succeed."

Those who plan on riding the Jacksonville Transportation Authority's Skyway or buses in to see the president may not succeed. JTA was asked to close the sections closest to the convention center between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"That is a request, for the most part, that is Secret Service saying that's how it's going to be," said Clinton Forbes, JTA director of mass transit.

Skyway operators have a plan for those who get caught on a train or caught at the Jefferson or convention center stations. They'll have a shuttle bus available.

His campaign says there is no way to see the president without a ticket. And people should expect delays in traffic starting as early as 10 a.m. due to the president's motorcade.

A day of delays means little to the people excited to see Obama arrive in Jacksonville.

"Well, we feel pretty good," Forbes said of JTA operations. "It's the Commander-in-Chief, so it creates a lot of excitement. It's a little inconvenience for our customers, but it creates a lot of excitement for our city."

"I think this is how we are going to win this campaign," Gillen said. "We cannot outspend the Republicans, so we need to have people come out and be excited and tell their friends about it."