(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Forget the red carpet — Columbus, Ohio, is rolling out the blue.
With a team from the Democratic National Committee in town to consider the central Ohio city as a possible site for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, residents and city leaders are pulling out all the stops.
Thursday is the city’s last chance to impress the DNC. The day’s itinerary is meant to showcase Columbus’ “championship culture,” according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Delegates will tour Ohio Stadium, the home turf of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and may meet with coach Urban Meyer. With the visit to the venue, organizers hope to woo the selection team with the idea of a presidential nominee accepting the nomination there in front of a crowd of 100,000.
And on Wednesday, the city actually staged an entire parade and rally outside of Nationwide Arena to welcome the DNC’s site selection delegation.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the event drew a crowd of about a thousand people. The lively group danced and cheered, waving “#Bring It” and “Welcome to Columbus” signs.
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