CHARLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — With the opening gavel of the Democratic National Convention less than two days away, Charlotte is finishing up months of preparations.
About 6,000 delegates and alternates are expected for the event, along with some 15,000 credentialed members of the media. And that does not count all the other visitors, including dignitaries. Of course, such a big crowd at such a high-profile event means plenty of security.
Sunday in Charlotte, the high level of security was evident. Law enforcement from around the region along with private security guards patrolled fence and barricade-lined streets around uptown, where much of the convention activities will take place at Time Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Convention Center and Bank of America Stadium.
Police kept vigilant on foot, in cars and trucks and even on dirt bikes as they began closing off roads around the convention venues.
South Tryon Street, among Charlotte’s busiest streets on most days, was closed off in uptown as workers started to set up for Monday’s CarolinaFest. The street festival will feature speakers and musical acts, headlined by Oscar-nominee Jeff Bridges and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and North Carolinian James Taylor.
At the Convention Center, media trickled in to pick up credentials as volunteers and DNC staff prepared to welcome tens of thousands of visitors.
WWAY Political Editor Kevin Wuzzardo is covering the DNC this week. He will begin reporting on the convention starting tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 and 11.