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DNC invites cities to bid for 2012 Democratic National Convention

by: Oreo

Mon Nov 09, 2009 at 12:13:10 PM EST

2012 Democratic National Convention Site Selection News
2012 Republican National Convention Site Selection News

In 2005 Matt started this site to cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention. His first post was on November 7, 2005 which was almost three years before the gavel dropped in Denver.

Now, in 2009 we're almost a full three years from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for the 2012 elections. This time we plan on covering the DNC and the RNC due to its added importance.

An article in the Tampa Tribune on Saturday marked the first official announcement of an invitation to bid on the Democratic National Convention.

Tampa Bay & Co., Hillsborough County's visitors industry marketing group, has received a letter from the Democratic National Committee and will begin to study the prospects of applying to host the event, Tampa Bay & Co. executive vice president Steve Hayes said this afternoon.

In December of 2005 we listed the 35 cities that were invited to bid.

Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Miami-Dade County, FL, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, OR., St Louis, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC.

You'll notice that Tampa Bay was not one of the cities invited to bid last time. While Denver may be invited to bid again,it will not host the convention.

The list of 2004 cities was very similar to 2008's. Baltimore is the only exception (St. Paul and Minneapolis were combined).

Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City (MO), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Washington, DC

So that leads us to what cities will be invited to bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. More than likely the list will be the same. Unlike last time, the list of cities will come out before the date of the convention is announced.

The requirements for consideration for the 2008 Democratic National Convention requires a "seating capacity in basketball game configuration for at least 25,000 participants." We expect the requirement to be the same this time around. The Pepsi Center can hold just over 19,000 people in a basketball configuration. This alone tells you that the requirements aren't set in stone.

Another requirement in 2008 was "A cross-section of full-service hotels with a commitment of at least 17,000 rooms and 1,000 suites within 30 minutes travel time of the Convention Complex during peak traffic hours." and "A sufficient number of larger full-service hotels with at least 700 rooms and 100 suites, in close proximity to the Convention Complex."This requirement is where a lot of smaller cities will lose out on being picked for the convention.

Stay tuned - we are the best source for 2012 convention news for both parties.

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Austin (0.00 / 0)
I'm sure that this has been discussed here, but why isn't Austin ever considered for things like this? Though the seating capacity surely isn't 25,000 it is still on par with the Pepsi Center!  

Hotel rooms and arena (0.00 / 0)
The UTexas arena only holds 18,000, 2,000 less than the Pepsi Center. And I bet it doesn't have the hotel capacity other cities do.

For what it's worth, Austin in the largest US city without a major pro sports team.

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Austin is also the largest US city with only a single interstate...

Hotel capacity over the last few years has been upped tremendously through downtown expansion and is still rising even through the recession. There should be no doubt that by 2012 Austin will have the necessary hotel capacity for a convention.

If Austin can't get something like this, it won't be because we are lacking in hotel capacity, but because that capacity is rather spread out and - especially during peak hours - a lot of it is just outside a thirty minute drive on extremely congested highways (think Cedar Park and Round Rock area).

Also, the Pepsi Center holds 19,000 in basketball configuration. Frank Erwin holds 18,000 - only 1,000 less, not 2,000 like you said.

I think, to be quite honest, that Austin doesn't have the infrastructure to hold the Democratic convention. However, the Republican convention is historically smaller and it would be quite feasible to be held in Austin.

P.S. If Obama holds his acceptance speech in a football arena again (doubt it, but possible), Austin has the Darrell K. Royal Stadium. The Darrell K. Royal stadium holds 25,000 more people than does Mile High in Denver.

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