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Minneapolis/St. Paul is proposing that the 2008 Democratic National Convention take place at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.
The Xcel Center opened in 2000, the NHL's Minnesota Wild, other teams, and the usual arena events. The building seats 18,000-19,000, depending on configuration, and 74 luxury boxes. The building totals about 650,000 square feet of building space.
A diagram of the Xcel Center and the surrounding area is at left. Note that unlike Denver's Pepsi Center, the Xcel Center is mostly surrounded by buildings. This is good and bad. The good is that a convention center, the St. Paul RiverCentre, is right next door, offering great workspace for the media and convention needs. Also next door is the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, which also provides good workspace. The bad is that it makes the area more congested, and the convention has a large effect on nearby locations.
Another issue is that the main convention hotel will be in Minneapolis which will present some transportation difficulties, but nothing insurmountable.
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