In announcing Philadelphia as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention during the week of July 25, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Scultz said "Philadelphia's deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering."
Her announcement on February 12 provides Philadelphia with two of the major events that will occur in the United States over an 11-month period, beginning with the visit of Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families September 21 through 25. The Pope's visit during the five-day event is expected to bring about 1.5 million visitors to the city (see "Pope Francis Plans Trip to Philadelphia in 2015").
In addition to the 50,000 people expected to attend the Democratic convention, the media and economic impact on the city and surrounding area is expected to be tremendous with at least 80,000 hotel room-nights projected for the event.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said, "Today's announcement is tremendous news for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Noting that the convention will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity in the state, he said he looks forward "to working with local leaders to ensure that Philadelphia will shine in the national spotlight."
Among the factors taken into consideration in the selection of the host city were the number of hotels available to accommodate the conventioneers, the facility in which the convention itself will be held, transportation, the city's political leadership and the financial guarantee.