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.