Revealed: The RNC Convention Hall in Tampa

Posted: Aug 27, 2012 1:39 PM

TAMPA, FL - Greetings from press row inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home to the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Delegates are filing in for today's brief session.  The scene is festive and very red-white-and-blue.  The podium from which Governor Romney will accept the party's presidential nomination on Thursday evening:

A fraction of the estimated 100,000 balloons that will drop upon the conclusion of Romney's address.

A shot from above.  This building has been transformed from a hockey arena into a full-scale political convention hall:

According to the revised schedule, the official nominations will take place tomorrow afternoon, and speakers will proceed beginning that evening.