Podium, DNC stage unveiled at the Time Warner Cable Arena

Charlotte, NC - Some Charlotte residents and students have gotten their first look at the inside the Time Warner Cable Arena for a sneak peek at the set-up for the Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic National Convention Committee hosted a Community Open House on Friday morning, welcoming the first people to see the convention podium.

DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx led students from the North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) on a tour of the innovative convention hall and explained the significance of this year's convention.

"Charlotte residents have been great partners throughout the convention planning process, and opening the doors to Charlotteans today is just one more way that we are engaging more Americans than ever before," said Kerrigan.  "Today's community open house is a thank-you for all that Charlotte has done to make this convention a success."

A time-lapsed video from inside the convention was posted online on Friday - showing the transformation of the arena into the DNC home.

"Charlotte is electric with anticipation for the convention," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. "Charlotteans cannot wait to host this historic event, and today's open house is a great way to kick off convention festivities. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Charlotte and know that they will enjoy all that the Queen City has to offer."

The unveiled convention hall, including podium and stage, was designed to fit within the unique space at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Smaller than previous setting, the Arena lends itself to an end stage configuration. The set up allows the speakers to be surrounded by delegates on three sides and helps visually display the convention theme of Americans Coming Together.

DNCC Theo LeCompte said he was excited to share the completed construction with Charlotte residents.

"Today marks the kick-off of official convention events and the end of months of diligent planning and work. I am thrilled that Charlotte residents got a first glimpse of the arena's complete transformation into a state-of-the-art convention center," said LeCompte.