150-160: In millions of dollars, the expected economic boost that the Republican National Convention will give to Minneapolis and St. Paul.
475,000: Square feet of space provided for media outlets to cover the convention.
45,000: Number of people visiting the Twin Cities during the Republican National Convention.
20,000: Seating capacity of the Xcel Energy Center, site of the convention.
11,842: Number of lakes in Minnesota, which is nicknamed “Land of Lakes.”
6.3:1: Ratio of media members attending to the number of delegates (15,000 media members and 2,380 delegates).
1972: Year the last Republican presidential candidate won Minnesota (Richard Nixon).
1892: Year of the last Republican National Convention in Minnesota. Eventual general election loser Benjamin Harrison won the nomination.
149: Videos posted to the 2008 Republican Platform Committee YouTube channel (as of 8/28).
135: Miles of copper wiring installed for the convention.
7: Number of social networking sites set up by the Republican National Convention.
4: The early morning hour when bars in St. Paul must stop serving alcohol during the convention. Typically, they must stop serving at 2 a.m.
2,500: Price in dollars bars must pay the city of St. Paul to stay open past 2 a.m.
4: Number of feet off the ground Sen. John McCain’s podium will stand.
3: Number of election years in which more people tuned in to watch the Republican National Convention than the Democratic National Convention (1972, Richard Nixon; 1976, Gerald Ford; 2004, George W. Bush).
1: Number of American Idol alumni performing during the convention (Chris Daughtry).