Updated 08/22/2012 05:00 PM
Officials offer sneak peek at Time Warner Cable Arena transformation
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CHARLOTTE — With less than two weeks until the Democratic National Convention, the convention committee gave media members another inside look inside Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday at the progress made so far.
"We've just about finished the nuts and bolts of the infrastructure, the power upgrades, that cable management, and now as you can see right behind us, is the production itself being loaded into the arena," said DNCC Chief Operating Officer Theo LeCompte.
Around 200 crew members have been working since July 16 to transform the space from a basketball arena to a world class convention hall. Lecompte said the project requires less construction than the Pepsi Center in Denver four years ago.
"This hall behind us is going to be electric," said DNCC Chief Executive Officer Steve Kerrigan.
The stage and podium are starting to take shape, with large screens in back. Officials say the entire construction project costs approximately $7 million. The convention must be out of the arena by September 28.
Anyone who would like to check out the finished product before the delegates arrive, the convention committee is hosting an open house Friday, August 31. For details on how to attend visit: the Democratic National Convention website.