Nashville is among the final four cities being considered by the Republican National Committee to host the 2024 national convention.
After submitting a proposal to the RNC last month, Music City is now facing off with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City to hold the national event, where a presidential candidate will be nominated in 2024.
“We are thrilled that Nashville has been chosen as one of the four cities to be considered for the 2024 Republican National Convention,” Tennessee GOP Chairman Scott Golden said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone that has been collaboratively working together to make this event a possibility as we move toward a final decision from the RNC.”
To host the event, a city must have at least 25,000 hotel rooms available, major facilities to host conference events, and capacity for massive security operations required to facilitate a presidential nomination.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. submitted a bid to the RNC on Dec. 8 at the request of the governor’s office. A request has also been made to the Democratic National Committee to submit a bid for the Democratic convention in 2024.
“We are as prepared and experienced as any of the cities who most recently hosted either convention. Our reputation for executing large events has been hard earned, and it is not surprising there is interest in Nashville,” said Butch Spyridon, CEO of the NCVC. “Either convention further enhances our reputation and continues to put Nashville on a global stage.”
Both parties have tended in recent years to select cities in battleground states. Nashville and Salt Lake City are both in firmly Republican states, while Milwaukee and Pittsburgh are both in swing states.
“We know what Nashville has to offer, and I am excited to show off Tennessee’s success story for delegates and conventioneers from around the world,” Golden said. “Every four years, only a couple of cities have the opportunity to be the center of the political universe, and I know that Nashville can deliver on this historic opportunity.”
State Republicans had courted RNC officials in 2017 to consider Nashville for the 2020 convention, but the city ultimately decided not to proceed. Nashville became a contender in 2020 as the RNC scrambled to change venues during a standoff with host state North Carolina over COVID-19 restrictions.