Panel recommends Cleveland, not Dallas, to host 2016 RNC convention

Panel recommends Cleveland, not Dallas, to host 2016 RNC convention

Credit: Jason Whitely / WFAA

The American Airlines Center welcomes the site committee for the Republican National Convention. Dallas is one of four cities fighting to host the RNC in 2016.

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by WFAA

WFAA

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 11:15 AM

DALLAS -- Live elephants weren't enough to lure the Republican National Convention to Dallas in 2016.

Tuesday morning, the Republican National Convention Site Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio won their approval. While Dallas rolled out the red carpet, Cleveland had one major advantage -- it's in a swing state.

"The RNC will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention," read a statement released by the RNC after the announcement.

Designed with conventions in mind, the American Airlines Center may have been another reason Dallas didn't win the bid. The RNC committee wants to hold the convention in June, but both the Mavs and Stars have the AAC reserved for games that month.

If the committee chose Dallas, they'd have to move the date to July.

"I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas," said Enid Mickelsen, a chairwoman with the committee. "Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer."

Dallas rolled out the welcome mat for site selectors last month, putting on a Texas-sized presentation for the team -- complete with live elephants. The RNC chairman even called it a "slam dunk."

Hosting the convention could have pumped a lot of cash into the city and about $250 million into the local economy. It would have also meant up to 96,000 hotel rooms booked every night with about 40,000 convention delegates and visitors, including 15,000 media representatives.

E-mail: jdoren@wfaa.com

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