Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

2012 Republican Party convention will feature a party for delegates and journalists at Tropicana Field, official says

ST. PETERSBURG — Thousands of delegates and thousands more journalists will gather for a party next year at Tropicana Field for the Republican National Convention, said the director of Pinellas County's tourism agency.

D. T. Minich of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater said the event shows how the Republican Party convention, while based primarily in Tampa, will span both sides of Tampa Bay.

"We're thrilled to be a part of it," Minich said.

Minich discussed the party during an interview and also mentioned it Wednesday while updating the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership about the convention.

Previously, the Tampa Bay Rays said they had agreed not to play a baseball game at Tropicana Field on Sunday, Aug. 26, to accommodate a Republican National Convention event.

However, the president of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee said he couldn't confirm the plans Minich described.

"There are no definitive plans for any particular events at this time," host committee president Ken Jones said. "We are looking at a wide array of options across the bay area, including in St. Petersburg and Clearwater and including at Tropicana Field, but the details of those events are not yet solidified."

The party would be on a day when many delegates and journalists would just be getting into the area. It would be similar to a reception the night before a business conference — but on a bigger scale.

The 2012 convention itself will run from Aug. 27 to 30 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa and is expected to draw nearly 50,000 delegates, volunteers, journalists, convention staffers and visitors.

The Rays also have been asked to make the stadium available later in the week, which is not a problem because the Rays will be on a road trip.

However, Minich and Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said they have not heard whether the Trop will be needed for convention purposes after Aug. 26.

Staff writer Richard Danielson contributed to this report.

2012 Republican Party convention will feature a party for delegates and journalists at Tropicana Field, official says 09/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  2. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    Victor Hedman, far left, is especially happy to see Steven Stamkos back after Stamkos assists on his goal 33 seconds into the game vs. the Predators.
  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  4. Steven Souza Jr. vindicating big trade for Rays

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — There was a time when the three-team, 11-player transaction the Rays orchestrated to get Steven Souza Jr. from the Nationals looked liked a bad deal.

    The Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. has 30 home runs this season while improving his defense and baserunning but wants to improve on his .236 batting average.
  5. Fennelly: Lightning's Manon Rheaume made history 25 years ago Saturday

    Lightning Strikes

    The name is part of Lightning history, hockey history, sports history.

    Lightning goalie Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game 25 years ago today.