Phoenix has hosted some of the largest events in the country – multiple times:

  • Two NFL Super Bowls and hosting the 2015 Super Bowl;  
  • The most widely attended PGA Tournament;
  • Two annual NASCAR races;
  • Barrett Jackson: the World's greatest Collector Car Auction;
  • The 2009 National Rifle Association Convention;
  • Multiple national championship college football games;
  • 2001 World Series;
  • The 2009 NBA All-Star Game;
  • The 2011 MLB All-Star Game;
  • 2004 Presidential Debate at Arizona State University

World-class convention, event and hospitality space:

  • US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix, the proposed Main Convention site, seats up to 18,422 attendees with flexible space to accommodate staging and other requirements specific to the Convention;
  • The newly-built Phoenix Convention Center, two blocks from US Airways Center, can easily accomodate the Media Work Space, Office Space and Ancillary Convention Function Rooms;
  • Approximately 50,000 high-quality hotel rooms in the Valley.

Easy travel to and around Phoenix:

  • Phoenix Sky Harport International Airport, just four miles from the proposed Convention facilities, provides nonstop service from over 100 destinations and is known as "America's Friendliest Airport";
  • Convenient light rail system makes travel downtown throughout the Valley affordable and simple.

A politically-charged home base – during the 2008 Presidential cycle Arizonans generated $10.7 million for the RNC and presidential campaigns.

A diverse group of over 4.3 million residents and growing in the Valley of the Sun.

Six Fortune 500 companies and numerous leading-edge high tech businesses.

Arizona's location in the Southwest, a critical voter swing region of the country.

Opportunity for a unique delegate experience combining traditiona western culture and art with world-known attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Scottsdale.

[ed. note - Super Bowls were in 2008 and 1996]

                                Gordon C. James Public Relations                                                     

Senator Jon Kyl to chair 2016 Arizona Host Committee for Convention bid

      Phoenix, Ariz. (Jan. 23, 2014) - The 2016 Host Committee bidding for the Republican National Convention announced today that former Unided States Senator and Senate Majority Whip Jon Kyl will chair the committee.

      Senator Kyl, a respected political and business leader will lead a strong committee seeking to land the GOP’s biggest event shy of Election Day itself.  “We are honored to have Senator Kyl headline our efforts.  He knows what Arizona has to offer, has raised millions of dollars for candidates and causes and his reputation as a ‘workhorse’  is unchallenged,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham.
      Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, will be the key political figure on behalf of the City of Phoenix and has full bi-partisan support from Mayor Greg Stanton. “To have the man TIME Magazine recognized as one of the top 100 influential people in the world lead our efforts bodes well for Phoenix as we seek to bring a significant economic impact to our city and state,” said Gates.
      Kyl will reach out to business and political leaders, influencers and decision makers as Phoenix makes the case to introduce the 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee to the rest of the country and world.  Known for his fundraising ability, critical thinking and business acumen, Kyl’s involvement is a strong start for the team determined to win their second bid for a National Convention.
      Phoenix was among the finalists for the Convention in 2012. To see the latest news and videos, visit www.phoenix2016.org.

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