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Denver is proposing that the 2008 Democratic National Convention take place at Denver's Pepsi Center.
The Pepsi Center opened in October, 1999, and is home to the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and other teams. The bulding seats 18,000-20,000, depending on configuration, and 95 luxury suites. The building totals more than 675,000 square feet of building space, including a separate full-size practice basketball court.
A picture of the Pepsi Center and the surroundings is at left. Note that it is mostly surrounded by parking lots. But in the lower left, you can see Six Flags Elitch Gardens. I'm very interested to find out if Denver is planning to close the theme park during the convention. I would imagine they would want to use the parking lots for convention activities, and I would think that security concerns would not allow the public to park so close to a convention hall.
Update: The commenter and an emailer have both pointed out that there is a clear fence line between the theme park and the Pepsi Center parking lot, so an easy security line can be set up. There is also a lot of parking available at the college next door, as well as Invesco Field across the interstate. And by the way - the parking is not needed for cars - no one drives to a convention - but for any support space needed.
The picture is also old, as it does not show the CityLights Pavilion, which is in the parking lot just south of the "N". This music amphitheater could be used for a number of uses, either as media workspace, or as a place for VIP receptions.
At left is a diagram of the surrounding areas. What Denver doesn't have is a big building nearby to put all the media in. (St. Paul does, and New York does not). However, Denver has options. You could put up a temporary building, which Boston did in 2004. Or you could use buildings at the University of Colorado campus, right next to the Pepsi Center site. I would imagine either or both have been proposed.
I will update this entry as more information is found. Please comment or email any updates.
You can read more about the Pepsi Center in our Pepsi Center Tour post