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The Democratic National Convention Committee didn't wait for candidate input before designing the huge podium to be in the Pepsi Center in August. Good choice. They had the podium design ready in February. "In this world we're in, where we don't know who the candidate is as of today, it's really helped," said Ricky Kirshner, who has produced every national convention since 1996 for the Democrats. This year, he'll be joined for the first time by a co-producer. While Kirshner handles the production end, party strategist Mark Squier is responsible for crafting the political messages.The blue balloon in the picture shows where the podium will be. I don't think those seats behind the balloon will have very good sightlines.
It'll mean plenty of business for local theatrical production. In Boston, more than 50 percent of production money was spent locally (the committee will not release any Denver financials). At least one local scene shop will be used, although the contract hasn't been offered yet, and the convention will use 25,000 hours of labor by local stagehands.
Alvarado Construction is doing the Pepsi Center build-out - it gets access to the Pepsi Center on July 7 - much of which involves providing tents and infrastructure for the 15,000 journalists expected. "No matter how good a convention you do," Kirshner said, "if the media is not happy, you didn't have a good convention."- Rocky Mountain News