Regardless of which side of the political world you support, the period from August 27 to September 6, 2012 will probably be of interest to you: that’s when the 2012 presidential nomination conventions will be held. The Republicans will be meeting from August 27th through August 30th in Tampa, Florida, then the Democrats will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina from September 3rd through September 6th. Although the nominee selection process is usually completed before the conventions, they’re still important for generating enthusiasm among the party faithful.
The main events of the 2012 Republican National Convention will be held at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. These days The Forum is busy hosting games of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and other events, but hockey season will be long over before the Republicans come to town in late August 2012. The arena is located on the waterfront on the south side of downtown Tampa. Proximity to downtown and Tampa’s convention center (only a block away) make it easy to find hotels near the 2012 Republican convention site.
A week later the most prominent members of the Democratic party will meet in Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The convention’s main venue will be Time Warner Cable Arena (usually home of the Charlotte Bobcats – when the NBA decides to play games). Charlotte’s 20,000+ seat arena is located in the heart of downtown, making it very easy to find nearby hotels, restaurants and other places to spend your time when you’re not making noise on the convention floor.
The 2008 Republican National Convention was held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Most of the events of the 2008 Democratic National Convention took place at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, with Barack Obama making his acceptance speech outdoors at Invesco Field.