What: The 2008 Republican National Convention
Where: The Xcel Energy Center, 175 Kellogg Blvd.
When: Sept. 1-4.
15,000 media members
25,000 family, guests, volunteers and security personnel
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.
Other event organizers
Description: An organization committed to showcasing the Minneapolis and St. Paul arts scene.
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.
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