Democratic National Convention moves into Wells Fargo Center

EMBED </>More Videos

Actual construction work started almost a month ago. Outside, huge tent-like structures that will house the press are coming together. (WPVI)

Democratic National Convention staffers settled into temporary quarters Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Actual construction work started almost a month ago. Outside, huge tent-like structures that will house the press are coming together.

Inside, luxury suites are being reconfigured for TV networks, and, in the arena, 4,700 seats have been removed.

Where there is just now bare concrete, soon a set design company will construct a large-scale stage, podium and video screens that are the stock and trade of major televised conventions.

Still to come are behind-the-scenes caucus rooms and offices and spaces designed to Secret Service specs.

"To house anywhere from, it could be up to six protectees - perhaps more," said the Rev Leah Daughtry,Convention CEO.

So can it all come together in a little over a month? Not a problem, were told.

"We're ready to go, and we move in and we start executing right away, so we are on time, on task, on budget," said Daughtry. "Maybe even a little bit early."

To boost viewership its been reported the DNC is trying to get A-list entertainers to appear, including the star and cast of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton."

"Without getting into specifics of our program, which I am not going to do, this venue has hosted a power-pack lineup of entertainers over the years," said Daughtry.

On June 1, it was reported the host committee was still about $10 million short in fundraising.

When asked about that, Daughtry responded, "They are working on that. ... It is not impacting us here."

So no concerns about money, no concerns about the time table with 33 days left. As they say around here, they are on time, on task and on budget.

Related Topics:
politicsphiladelphia newshillary clintonwells fargodemocrats2016 democratic national convention - dncSouth Philadelphia
(Copyright ©2017 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

Load Comments