Denver submits bid Monday to host the Republican National Convention in 2016

DENVER - Denver submitted its bid Monday to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and the first presidential debate during the 2012 race.

Colorado Republican party chairman Ryan Call told 7NEWS Friday that key downtown venues are at the center of a plan to bring the 2016 RNC to Denver.

Call says under the proposal, the Pepsi Center will serve as the principal event site -- hosting key speeches and the nominating process. He adds that Coors Field is the proposed site for a welcome reception.  

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

-- Democrats supporting the plan

Colorado's two Democratic U.S. Senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, wrote a letter Friday to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to express our their "strong support for Denver's bid to host the 2016 National Republican Convention."

Read letter of support by Senators Udall and Bennet for Denver's RNC bid: http://ch7ne.ws/Ol7RqO

"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," the senators added. They also cited Coloradans' bipartisan backing for a GOP convention, ranging from Republicans (former U.S. Senator Hank Brown and former Gov. Bill Owens) to Democrats (current Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock).

-- Final decision expected this summer

Other cities bidding for the 2016 convention include Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Kansas City and Las Vegas.

The potential host cities will present their bids to Republican National Committee and Site Selection Committee in Washington, D.C., on March 3.

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

A final decision is expected in August.

See Denver's video to the RNC: (Mobile users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV2QSklSU1I)

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