RNC 2016 | Quicken Loans Arena | Cleveland

The 2016 RNC will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena, a multi-purpose venue inside the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex in downtown Cleveland. Referred to locally as “The Q”, the $100 million arena is home to NBA’s Eastern Conference champion, Cleveland Cavaliers. The Q seats about 20,500 people and has 88 luxury suites.

Located inside a bustling commercial hub that features several other well-known establishments, including the Cleveland Convention Center, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Hard Rock Café Cleveland, and Cleveland Indian’s Progressive Field – all within walking distance. The Q is acknowledged as one of the world's top entertainment and concert venues. Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, AC/DC and Maroon 5 are all slated to perform there later this year.

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

2,472 delegates will converge in Cleveland, Ohio between July 18 and 21, 2016 for the 2016 Republican National Convention to formally nominate Donald Trump as the party’s candidate for the presidential election. This will make Mr. Trump the first non-politician to receive the nomination since former president Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. After an acrimonious primary season that at one point threatened to split the party in half, the party’s leadership and rank and file members will be hoping that the convention will heal and unite the GOP as it prepares to face the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, in November.

The decision to schedule the 41st edition of the convention about a month earlier than previous editions was made in order to bypass the Federal Election Commission campaign spending restrictions and to facilitate earlier campaigning in Ohio, a key battleground swing-state which every winning presidential candidate since 1964 has won. The Ohio winning streak for Republican presidential candidates stretches even further - all the way back to 1860 to be specific, when Abraham Lincoln triumphed over Democratic candidate George B. McClellan. Another reason behind the timing of the convention is the Rio summer Olympics (August 5 - 21), which is certain to draw the nation’s attention away from costly campaign advertisements.

The decision to select Cleveland as host, the first time since 1936, was made by the party after a keenly contested selection contest. The hosting job was an extremely highly sought after honor as aside from the prestige, the event is expected to generate revenues in excess of $400 million to the local economy. Other cities that were considered as host include Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Columbus and Phoenix were eliminated on April 2, 2014 after a preliminary review. Cincinnati and Las Vegas, meanwhile, withdrew on May 22, 2014. On June 25, 2014, the Republican National Committee announced that the cities of Cleveland and Dallas would continue to the final round of consideration to host the 2016 Convention. The recommendation to select 'Cleveland 2016' was made following a final review by RNC's site selection committee on July 8, 2014.


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Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Make America Safe Again

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Mark Burns
Dr. Ben Carson
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David A. Clarke Jr.
Ted Cruz
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Fran Tarkenton
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Melania Trump
Eric Trump
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Donald Trump, Jr.
Ivanka Trump
Donald J. Trump
Scott Walker
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