Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Memphis as Site of 2016 Democratic National Convention?

Well, guess what? The city has been invited by the DNC to think about it! (And so has, er, Nashville.)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 7:11 PM

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CNN’s Political Ticker website has a story citing the fact that Memphis is one of 33 American cities being asked by the Democratic National Committee to consider applying to be the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Imagine it, Memphians. Hillary? Joe? Hey, guys, welcome. Grab yourselves a Barbecue and a brew on us!

Among the requirements for the host city are these: a venue seating between 18,500 and 25,000 people (the FedEx Forum can seat almost 20,000) and boasting 100 sky boxes (the Forum has some 80 of those, but, hey, that can surely be fixed, right?).

The host city also must have 17,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 suites. The Memphis area has just under 23,000 hotel rooms available — a tight squeeze, but that can be fixed, too.

Maybe some of our boys in Nashville can arrange a helpful state subsidy to attract another major hotel or two. Mark? Brian? Uh oh, forgot. You guys are Republicans, but still…

And another uh oh: Nashville is also in the list of cities being hustled. Hmmmm.

Anyhow, here’s the link to the CNN story about the Democrats’ hunt for their next convention city:

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