MB Convention Center buzzing with last minute debate preps
Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:26:22 GMT —
As media members and ticket holders began checking in to tents to receive their credentials, across Oak Street in downtown Myrtle Beach, signs of the presidential debate are taking shape.
In addition to the 500,000 ton sand sculpture of the candidates competing in Monday night's debate, orange road barriers, traffic barricades, Myrtle Beach police could already be seen setting up shop.
It's the same thing inside the convention center on the other side of Oak Street.
It's coming down to the wire for the folks at Fox News and the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
"It's kind of been a mad dash because they have had other debates that they were focusing on up until this week," says Frankie Sluss, the convention center's event coordinator for the GOP debate.
Saturday they're working to put together the final preparations like rigging what's called a "spin room" for Fox to use following the debate.
"The main debate is going to be in exhibit hall B and C," Sluss says. "If you saw the debate in '08 it's a very similar setup. The design is the only thing that changed. There will be floor seating and elevated seating, and the spin room is in exhibit hall A. That's where the candidates will come in and ask any questions that might have come up during the debate."
Inside the set up for the spin room, there
hundreds of cords and lights.
"I'd say they're pushing us to the max. Their fees are between 300 and 400 amps," Sluss says.
He adds Fox also has dozens of their own generators and power sources.
"I have an audio-visual background, so seeing the set up, all the rigging, these lights...that's my favorite part," Sluss says.
An estimated 3,000 people are expected to attend the debate. In addition 382 members of the local, national, and state media have registered to come, according to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.