Officials to begin three-day inspection of Denver in bid to host 2016 Republican Convention
DENVER — Organizers of the Republican National Committee will be in Denver on Monday for the start of a three-day visit to assess the city as it bids to host the 2016 national convention.
The committee will inspect venues, hospitality, security and transportation options. The Pepsi Center would be main site 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.
Denver is one of four cities remaining in hopes of hosting the convention, which will formally nominate the party’s presidential candidate. Dallas, Cleveland and Kansas City, Mo., also are in the running.
“With our gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains and welcoming Western attitude, we believe there is no city better equipped or more excited to the host the Republican National Convention,” Denver 2016 Chairman Pete Coors said in a statement last month when the RNC narrowed the bidding cities to four.
“Our broad coalition of business, civic and political leaders have worked hard to show the Site Selection Committee why Denver is the perfect choice for the 2016 Republican National Convention, and we look forward to continuing this effort as we advance in this exciting new phase.”
A final decision will be made later this summer.
Denver hosted the successful 2008 Democratic National Convention, when then-candidate Barack Obama was formally nominated and he gave his acceptance speech at what is now Sports Authority Field at Mile High.