DNC gets TWC Arena keys; construction to begin

DNC gets TWC Arena keys; construction to begin

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 12:04 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention Committee received keys to the Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday to start preparing for the convention.

Rogers Builders, the convention's construction management and event architect team, has been planning modifications for months, and now the construction work will begin.

Crews will start setting up the stage and skyboxes for the media and guests that will be attending the DNC. 

No events are planned to be held in the arena while crews work on preparing for the DNC.
 
DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan, Los Angeles Mayor and convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, CRVA head Tom Murray and other leaders were at Monday morning's announcement.
 
"Receiving the keys to the Time Warner Cable Arena means the countdown is officially on toward the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  We still have a lot of work to do between now and September, but we have a great arena to work with, fantastic local partners, and an experienced and talented construction and architect team,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan in a statement.

But even as the host committee and the DNC are in the final stages of getting everything ready, there are still many unanswered questions, like reports that funding is not where it should be.

Many businesses in uptown have not heard if they will be open or closed during convention week.

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