PRESS RELEASE from 2008
Republican National Convention
Thursday, August 21, 2008
First Look at the 2008 Republican National Convention Podium
Complements the Direct and Personal Tone of Presumed Nominee John McCain
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Today, the 2008 Republican
National Convention released the dimensions and a digital rendering of
the podium area from which Senator John McCain will deliver his
acceptance speech. The details are the latest developments in the
ongoing build-out of the Xcel Energy Center.
"Our transformation of the Xcel Energy Center continues, and
today, Americans got a glimpse of what the arena will look like when
the convention is gaveled to order," said Maria Cino, President and CEO
of the 2008 Republican National Convention. "The stage was designed to
facilitate the candid and personal tone that Americans have come to
expect from Senator McCain. The intimate setting will be a fitting
backdrop for Senator McCain’s acceptance speech."
When designing the podium area, every effort was made to ensure it
would complement the direct and personal interaction that has
characterized John McCain’s candidacy. The podium will be positioned
only four feet above the arena’s floor, where the delegates will be
seated. The podium’s close proximity to the audience will ensure the
speakers’ remarks remain the central feature of the proceedings.
When completed, the black hard laminate stage of the podium area will
measure 51 feet, six inches wide by 34 feet deep. It will be bordered
by 101 feet, six inches of recessed lighting. Behind it, there will be
a video wall, measuring 51 feet, six inches wide by 30 feet tall. The
wall will be made up of 561 Hibino four-millimeter Chroma LED panels,
giving everyone in the convention hall a perfect view of the speeches
and videos that will be part of the program of events.
About the Republican National Convention
The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul's
Xcel Energy Center from Sept. 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000
delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and
other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint
Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive
economic boost from the four-day event. For more information about the
2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPConvention2008.com
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