By the numbers: Philly preps for #DNC16

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    Workers assemble flooring last month in temporary structures outside the Wells Fargo Center ahead of the the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

    Workers assemble flooring last month in temporary structures outside the Wells Fargo Center ahead of the the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

    The Democratic National Convention is less than a week away, and that means lots of people have been hard at work getting Philadelphia ready for its international close-up.

    Here are some stats we’ve gathered on what went into prepping the Wells Fargo Center and the surrounding city for next week’s festivities.

    $60 million: Approximate cost of the convention
    $250 million — $300 million: Estimated economic impact
    $700,000: Cost to the city for services other than security —  set up, cleanup, graffiti removal, decorations
    Up to 50,000 people are expected to take part in the DNC festivities
    15,000-20,000 are expected to be media
    18,000 volunteers will help people get around the city
    2,170 seats were removed from the Wells Fargo Center to make room for the podium and stage
    1,090 signs will be displayed around the arena complex
    750 miles of cable run (and another 125 of fiber-optic lines) inside Wells Fargo
    Nearly 500 people a day are working on the Wells Fargo site between now and Monday
    400 buses for delegates
    61 percent of DNCC staff members are women
    95 hotels and more than 15,000 rooms have been booked
    57 hand-painted donkeys; three or four “donkey doctors” to make cosmetic touch ups as needed
    38 suites and five locker rooms have been converted to office space in the arena
    12 contracts awarded; 11 went to minority and diverse owned businesses

    Sources: Visit Philadelphia; Democratic National Convention Committee; City of Philadelphia.

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