[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/14/art.rnc.cnn.jpg caption="The stage is getting set for the Republican convention."]ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - The site of the 2008 Republican National Convention is one step closer to looking like it well the night presumptive GOP nominee John McCain officially accepts his party's nomination for president.
In a media walk-through of St. Paul, Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center, officials unveiled the stage and steps that lead to the position where McCain will speak.
Mike Miller, director of operations of the event site, said the platform itself is only four feet above the actual floor, which gives the area a more open feeling and "brings everything down closer to the people who are watching."
Friday will mark the end of the fourth week of construction in a six-week process. In the remaining weeks, construction workers will add camera platforms, chairs and delegation signs on the floor, carpet in the aisles, and various colored decorations.