Construction begins to modify arena for DNC

(CHARLOTTE, NC) - In less than two months, the national spotlight will be on Charlotte and the Time Warner Cable Arena.

On Monday, the Democratic National Convention Committee received the keys to the arena.

Construction there began over the weekend.

DNC officials are spending $7 million on modifications to accommodate the national event.

The money is part of the $36.5 million the host committee is required to raise.

The biggest challenge will be the electrical and I-T cabling to have the arena media ready.

All construction work will be done by local companies.

"I am proud as Mayor that their hard work will be seen by tens of thousands of people in this arena, by millions and televised across the country and around the world," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

DNC officials expect about 200 media outlets to work and broadcast from the arena, the rest will work from the convention center in uptown Charlotte.

The DNC committee has also designated 20 volunteers from across the region to tweet from the convention.