TAMPA - Tampa is transforming before our eyes. Banners are up outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Tampa Convention Center for an international audience who arrives in one week.
Our city looks RNC ready.
One of the transformations is the air-conditioned covered walkway that will allow 15,000 journalists to travel quickly from the Forum to the Convention Center.
Inside the Forum, the transformation is digital -- 9-million pixels' worth. The collage of enormous LED screens over the stage will put on a show like no past political convention.
"We can use it for video elements. We can use it to support someone speaking. Why do I care about what they're saying? So it's just like when I put together a television show, I wanted to make it as interesting as possible to give people a reason to watch,” said Phil Alongi, Executive Producer Republican National Convention.
The 13 screens can show HD video individually or together panoramically. They are designed to highlight speakers, delegates and write a chapter in history.
"If you take a look at this as a play, that the screens become another character in the play that will help tell the story," said Russ Schriefer, Mitt Romney Senior Advisor.
The RNC's story will focus on America's future.
"That's our theme for Monday August 27, the first night of the convention. We can do better," said Reince Priebus, Chair Republican National Committee.
This Convention will re-invent the Republican message on a high-tech stage and 40-million will watch.
But it will also transform Tampa.
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