Kansas City hopes to show it's got what it takes to host 2016 RNC convention during site visit

Tour crucial for a chance to host 2016 RNC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City had its chance on Friday to show members of the Republican National Convention committee that it has what it takes to host the 2016 convention.

Members of the mayor's task force for the Republican National Convention met with members of the RNC Committee during their first visit as they narrow down the list of contenders to host the 2016 convention. 

The last RNC hosted in Kansas City was held at Kemper Arena in 1972. 

"The Nelson gallery, the Truman Library, things of that nature are a big plus," said former Kansas City Mayor Richard Berkley, "but they aren't the dominate thing, because they have to put on a convention, that's the main thing."

Berkley helped win the bid in 1972.  He says hotel space, transportation and tourist attractions are things the committee looks for in their final choice. 

The RNC has an extensive requirement list, which includes that the winning city have 16,000 first-class hotel rooms, an arena that will seat 18,000 people, and $50-60 million to pay for the four-day convention. 

The RNC committee will narrow down the list of contenders in May.

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Kansas City are the current finalists.

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