RNC officially takes over Forum as preparations begin
The Republican National Convention has officially taken over the Forum -- 41 days before the start of Republican National Convention in Tampa. Today is the first full day of setup as the RNC will be the sole tenant at the building, leading up to the Aug. 27-30 event. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the convention. Meanwhile, Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn is headed to New York City and Washington, D.C., today as part of a national marketing program to raise awareness about the area, leading up to the RNC. He will be promoting tourism and business opportunities in the region.