Denver is 1of 8 cities being considered to host the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC)

Denver is one of eight cities being considered to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The RNC announced the first round of finalists Thursday morning.

The other cities under consideration are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Representatives from each city will go to Washington, D.C. Monday to argue in favor of their city.

The RNC Site Selection Committee is expected to visit 3-5 finalist cities in late March/April. 

A final decision is expected in August.

If Denver is chosen to host the convention, Colorado Republican party chairman Ryan Call told 7NEWS that the Pepsi Center will serve as the principal event site -- hosting key speeches and the nominating process. He added that Coors Field is the proposed site for a welcome reception.  

The Colorado Convention Center would serve as an "expo" site, part of the "delegate experience," said Call.

"Denver has had a successful history of hosting large events, including Pope John Paul II's historic visit in 1993, the 2008 Democratic convention and the first presidential debate of 2012," Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet wrote in a letter supporting the bid. 

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