The Santa Ana Star Center where President Donald Trump held a campaign rally on Sept. 16 was packed, so thousands of people had to watch his speech on a large screen outside the venue in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

President Trump shared pictures shot at the event showing the center, a multi-purpose arena with a maximum capacity of 7,500, was full.

The 7,500-capacity Santa Ana Star Center was packed on Sept. 16 night when President Trump held a rally. (Donald Trump Twitter)

A photo shows a huge crowd of people was gathered outside in the overflow area.

Thousands of people gathered outside the Santa Ana Star Center because it was full. (Donald Trump Twitter)

City of Rio Rancho told local news KRQE earlier on Monday that they expected 12,000 to 15,000 to join the the rally.

So many people showed up at the rally that the city had to announce the closure of the arena’s parking lots.

Santa Ana Star Center parking lot (Rio Rancho, NM Twitter)

Several hours before the rally began, many people stood in line around the Santa Ana Star Center building.

The line wrapped around the building to get into the arena. (Rio Rancho, NM Twitter)
People showed up at the rally hours ahead of time. (Rio Rancho, NM Twitter)

The Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh shared a photo, saying “Before 6:00 AM in Rio Rancho outside Albuquerque, and a mile-long line of traffic headed to @realDonaldTrump rally tonight.”

(Tim Murtaugh Twitter)

Tim Murtaugh also shared a video indicating the overflow crowd watching President Trump’s speech on the big screen outside the center.

During his speech, President Trump told New Mexico voters: “If you want to stop the drug smugglers, human traffickers, and vicious MS-13 gang members from threatening our communities and poisoning our youth, you have only one choice—you must elect more REPUBLICANS!”

Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he speaks at a campaign rally at the Santa Ana Star Center, on Sept. 16, 2019, in Rio Rancho, N.M. (Donald Trump Twitter)