Officials with the Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention say that they will soon be able to tell the masses who their main attraction is for their big party, which will take place the night before the convention at Tropicana Field.
The Welcoming Party is the first where both delegates and reporters covering the RNC will hang out together. It takes place on Sunday night, August 26.
The CEO for the Host Committee, Matt Becker, said there will be 3-D projections as part of the party, and that his group is working with local theme parks to help in entertainment. "We're trying to make this event almost exclusively feel, just all Tampa Bay, and not political at all." He said the entertainment for the event will be disclosed by August 1.
Officials also discussed the creation of a mobile app that can be used on smartphones and tablets for the convention, the first time ever such a device will be available for the once every four years political event.
Becker said the app is a joint effort between the Host Committee, the convention staff and AT&T. "It is in its development stages. We hope to have it launched the second week of August (between August 10-15)."
He said it will encompass a lot of activities that the Host Committee is working on, including a 'Go Party' card and interactive maps. And it may include games on the app that would encourage users to sponsor local businesses. "We're trying to do everything we can to get people focused on going into local Tampa Bay businesses."