DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Members of the Republican National Convention committee will touch down in North Texas on Wednesday. The group is in town to see whether or not Dallas is the perfect place to host the 2016 convention. City leaders plan to show off the American Airlines Center, Victory Park and Reunion Tower, among other popular locations.
The RNC committee wrapped up a tour of Denver on Tuesday, including a visit to the Pepsi Center. But venues are just one part of the checklist. There are several particulars that the group is examining in order to make a final decision. That includes electricity load capacity, transportation around the city, sound issues, logistics, money and security.
Choosing the right host city comes down to making a solid business decision, RNC chairman Rience Priebus said. In fact, the groups has already ruled out AT&T Stadium in Arlington because it is located too far away from Dallas hotels and other support resources.
Meanwhile, the American Airlines Center is located in the heart of downtown. The home for both the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars seats up to 20,000 people.
The RNC committee will tour North Texas through Friday. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will lead the tour. The committee’s decision is expected to be made in August.
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