Worldwide media converges on Charlotte for DNC venue walkthrough
Updated: Updated 01/18/2012 12:11 PM
By: Kate Gaier
CHARLOTTE – About 500 national and international media members were in Charlotte on Wednesday for a walkthrough of the sites hosting the Democratic National Convention later this year.
The group started at Time Warner Cable Arena before moving on to the Charlotte Convention Center and finishing at Bank of America Stadium in the afternoon. The committee announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama will accept the party's nomination, closing out the convention, with a speech at the stadium.
The walkthrough gives the behind-the-scenes people, like IT and production, a glimpse of how things will run and where things will be set up during the event.
"It is important for us to work with partners across the world to make sure we can help them get the best coverage," said DNC Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan.
The convention is trying to stick with a $36 million budget. Leaders are still waiting on the final agreement with the stadium to see how it will impact that budget.
There is a news conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in which organizations will announce their plans to protest the convention in September.
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