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It looks like the DNC may be focusing on the St. Paul Xcel Energy Center as the best choice for a Minneapolis/St. Paul convention:
The Democratic National Committee staffers scoping out the Twin Cities were reportedly very impressed with their visit to the Twin Cities -- particularly the Xcel Energy Center.This may make sense. The Xcel Center is 10 years newer than the Target Center in Minneapolis, has more luxury boxes, and is right next to a convention center for use by the media.
One tour guide told the Scoop that it wouldn’t hurt if you started thinking now about alternate commuting plans for the last week of August if you expect to be working in downtown St. Paul in 2008.
The article also notes: "Some of the selection committee couldn’t make this trip and will be visiting for a much-less heralded reconnaissance mission later this summer"