RNC Site Selection Committee Leaves DFW

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dallas city leaders have already started grading themselves on Friday after the Republican National Convention site selection committee visited North Texas.

The American Airlines Center is one of the biggest draws for the convention, but it is also a big drawback. The downtown arena is home to both the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars. Should either team make it to the playoffs that season, there could be scheduling conflicts. The GOP would require the American Airlines Center for three weeks leading up to the June 2016 convention. Those dates could fall in line with both the NBA Playoffs and the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But that did not stop the North Texas host committee from throwing a big, elephant-themed welcoming party this week, to try and convince the party’s leaders that Dallas is the best bet for the RNC.

Dallas faces stiff competition from Denver, Kansas City and Cleveland as possible hosts for the convention.

The money involved in staging the RNC is not thought to be a problem for Dallas. At a wrap-up news conference on Friday morning, local party leaders pointed out that there is more than enough cash to make the Republican convention click. “They know that we can do this,” said former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, member of the host commitee. “We can do it in a great way, and the volunteerism shown all through the week — the people coming out and welcoming this delegation — I think made a big impression.”

The winnowing process will continue into the end of the month. Dallas will not know whether or not it made the final cut until August.

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