Republicans, Democrats begin construction on convention arenas
Democratic National Convention in Denver, 2008.
July 16th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
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Republicans, Democrats begin construction on convention arenas

(CNN) - It's moving time. Both parties officially transitioned into to their respective convention arenas on Monday, a little more than a month before thousands flock to North Carolina and Florida to take part in their parties' largest gatherings.

The Democratic National Convention Committee received the key to the Time Warner Cable arena in Charlotte. The committee said the event marked the next "milestone" in its planning for the convention, scheduled for September 4-6.

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Now that the DNCC has the keys, it can start the physical construction of turning the arena into a convention hall.

"We still have a lot of work to do between now and September, but we have a great arena to work with, fantastic local partners, and an experienced and talented construction and architect team," said Steve Kerrigan, the committee's CEO, in a statement.

The arena is home to the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers. Built in 2005, the facility can seat up to 20,200 for a college basketball game. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the convention, including nearly 6,000 delegates, up from 4,419 delegates at the 2008 convention in Denver, Colorado.

While much of the week's events will take place at the arena, the final night featuring President Barack Obama will take place at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, which seats up to 73,778.

The Republican National Convention committee, which hosts its event August 27-30, also kicked off its move-in Monday, this time at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, an arena that was first built in 1996 and later renovated in 2011.

Among its sports teams are the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning and the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm.

"For months and months, thousands of small details, plans and preparations have been going on internally, but there hasn't been much for the public to watch," said GOP convention chair Alec Poitevint in a statement.

He continued: "Starting today, you will begin to see a small army of carpenters, electricians, glass installers, movers, painters, stagehands and laborers descending on the 670,000-square-foot Times Forum to turn it into one of our democracy's greatest icons: the site of a national political convention."

Republicans said they expect to draw 50,000 people during the week, including 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Myviewis

    You guys do know that in 2004 Bank of America purchased the naming rights for 20 years from Carolinas Stadium Corp and it became, named Bank of America Stadium.

    July 16, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    @California – Democrats slogan, FORWARD right off the fiscal cliff.
    --------------------------–
    Yup.. with the lemming GOP pushing them over.
    The Grand Obstructionist Party's failed fiscal and economic policies are what took us to the bring.. and now the GOBP is trying to push us over.

    July 16, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Darryl

    LOL..LOL....these conventions ? It is going to be very entertaining to say the least. My guess ? President Obama, after the first debt on the world stage ? Romney is dead in the water.....President Obama is not the man you wanna fool around with when it comes to the middle class and the poor. Obama is going to rip him up on the facts about who he is.Romney doesn't have a chance. He has told too many lies and has went from yes to no on so many issues.It is going to be very, very entertaining.

    July 16, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. California

    All the democratic socialist party can do is blame, blame and blame some more.

    July 16, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. California

    And let's not forget lie, lie and lie some more.

    July 16, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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