July 21st, 2008
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

GOP takes over Minnesota convention site

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee has officially taken the reins of St. Paul, Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center, site of the party's 2008 national convention.

In an informal ceremony held at the site Monday morning, a cardboard "key" to the arena was presented to Republican officials, who have officially rented the facility until at least September 4. Soon after, around 100 workers began filing in to begin the physical changes.

Eventually, 600 workers are slated to labor on-site. Rows of chairs will be removed; box suites will be turned into television studios.

"It's technically a construction site, but we're not really constructing anything," said convention press secretary Joanna Burgos. "It's really just aesthetics inside - a lot of refurbishing and transforming into something else."

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Hillary Clinton

    Avoid the trauma, stop Obama! I tried, but it's not too late. Please.

    July 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. bucktopia

    Nero fiddled as rome burned, and the GOP plan a party as they gut our country raw. If you feel barack is not the micheal Jordan, or tiger woods, of politics you need a spanking from your grand daddy, because that is who you are trying to elect.

    The world is tired of Old Men making the rules, why elect another one.


    July 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Arkansas Undertaker

    I cant wait until Obama wins the Genreral Election in November! And when he takes office January 20 2009.

    I want to see what all of the "so called Democrats" that don't or refuse to support Obama do, when they try to get their agenda pushed, and he laughs in their faces. Karma is somthing else baby!

    All of those Hillary Clinton supporters, Racist Democrats and and Racist independents will be kissing Obama behind to even get their agenda's considered by an Obama Administration. and I just CAN'T WAIT until that happens.

    ANd even if Barack looses Hillary will never win nomination in 2012.

    July 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Crush Rush

    The Dittoheads will CRY and CHEW their teeth come November when Obama wins by LANDSLIDE.

    July 21, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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