The city of Miami announced last week that it will be pursuing the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
AmericanAirlines Arena is reportedly being pushed for the event where Hillary Clinton is expected to be at the top of Democratic ticket. Estimates put the cost of housing the convention at around $50 million, which is around what Tampa paid to host the 2012 National Republican Convention and far more than the $20 million dollar cost of Sun Life Stadium's pursuit of the 2013 Super Bowl.
A letter from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A Gimenez to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Broward County Democrat who serves as the head of the DNC read, "There is truly no better place in the U.S. to host an event of this nature than Miami-Dade County. Our airport is one of the biggest and most modern in the country and our hotel inventory is among the most exquisite in the world."
Gimenez has stated that this is a preliminary expression of interest and that if the city can't host due to costs, "so be it."
This would be the first national convention since Richard Nixon and George McGovern were both nominated at the Miami Beach Convention Center in 1972.