RNC at a glance


What: The 2008 Republican National Convention
Where: The Xcel Energy Center, 175 Kellogg Blvd.
When: Sept. 1-4.


2,380 delegates
2,230 alternates
15,000 media members
25,000 family, guests, volunteers and security personnel

RNC organizers

2008 Minneapolis St. Paul Host Committee
Description: A 15-member committee in charge of welcoming the RNC and preparing the Twin Cities for its arrival.
Website: www.msp2008.com

Other event organizers

Description: An organization committed to showcasing the Minneapolis and St. Paul arts scene.
Website: www.spark24.org

The UnConvention
Description: A nonpartisan group of citizens aimed at countering “the highly scripted and predetermined nature of the contemporary presidential nomination process and convention” through artistic and educational activities.   
Website: www.theunconvention.com


The last RNC in Minnesota was in 1892

Visitors are expected to stay an average of six days in the area and spend about $1,600 for room, food, transportation and activities apiece.

A total of $150 million–$200 million in revenue is anticipated

Roughly 16,000 rooms in more than 100 hotels are required to accommodate visitors

The RNC will create about 2,800 jobs and $100 million in wages in the St. Paul area.

Sources: www.msp2008.com, www.spark24.org and www.theunconvention.com