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22 August 2008

2008 DNC: Previewing the Pepsi Center

(image courtesy Democratic National Convention Committee)

Today, 1,500 Denver-area students, ranging from elementary school to high school, became among the first to see inside the Pepsi Center which has been transformed into the epicenter of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Shouts of "Whoa!" and "That is cool!," came out of the mouthes of several students from the Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment as the big screen behind the podium lit up full of colors and graphics.

Bob Mandeau, who accompanied his 8-year-old son Kohl to the Pepsi Center preview, said it was really special to have an opportunity to see the convention floor before anyone else.

"This is a big piece of history," Mandeau said.

Erin Finn, a 17-year-old junior at William Smith High School, echoed Mandeau's commments.

"I think it's amazing," Finn said about the transformed Pepsi Center. "I feel really lucky to be here where Obama is going to speak."

Finn went on to say that she would be voting for the first time this November, but when asked who she'd be voting for, Erin said she tends to lean Republican but is undecided.

DNC Secretary Alice Travis Germond, who on Wednesday night will lead the roll call of the states, participated in a mock roll call vote where four schools voted for their favorite subjects and then announced their results to the other students in attendance.

"Many students only get to read about the political process in history books," Germond said. "But today Colorado youth were able to see and experience a piece of history – and they were among the first to see the Convention hall where we will nominate the next President of the United States."

Convention organizers said the Convention's innovative podium design features more than 8,000 square feet of video projection space and three 103-inch HD displays – the largest Plasma HDTVs currently available – prominently placed on the Convention podium.

[EDITOR'S NOTE]: Without giving too much away, the Pepsi Center looks great! The pictures do not do it justice.