Denver 1 of 4 finalists to host RNC; Las Vegas, Cincinnati withdraw
DENVER — Another round of cuts for cities hoping to host the 2016 Republican National Convention was made Thursday, and Denver remained in the running.
An official announcement from the GOP was issued shortly after 1:30 p.m. indicated Denver was one of four cities selected as finalists.
In addition to the Mile High City, Cleveland, Dallas and Kansas City, Mo. are still under consideration. All four cities will receive a visit by the full RNC site selection delegation in June.
“These four cities stood out from the field from the start of this process and deserve a deeper look by the full committee,” RNC chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said following the announcement.
The RNC committee also indicated that Cincinnati and Las Vegas had both withdrawn their bids to host the RNC as of Thursday.
The Pepsi Center would be main site in Denver for the convention, which will be held in the summer. Coors Field and the Colorado Convention Center would also have roles in the four-day event, which formally nominates the party’s presidential candidate.
Denver was the successful host of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Since 1900, Cincinnati and Las Vegas are the only cities among the six to have not hosted a Republican or Democratic convention, though Cincinnati hosted the Democrats in 1856. Concerns about the arenas in both cities reportedly felled each respective city’s hopes of hosting the 2016 convention.
Kansas City has hosted three conventions since 1900 (Democrats in 1900, and Republicans in 1928 and 1976). Cleveland hosted Republicans in 1924 and 1936. And Dallas was home for the Republican Convention in 1984.
Denver also was host to the Democratic Convention in 1908 as well as 2008.