Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Debate by the Numbers, Part One

A few stats on the debate, as they become available:

Amount of cable to be used for the event: 59,450 feet
Size of the Media Filing Center tent: 25,000 square feet
Size of the "Debate 08" banner on the school's bell tower: 720 square feet
Amount of power for the MFC tent: 1.5 megawatts of power
Number of homes that could be powered with 1.5 megawatts: 878
Number of media members expected for the event: 2,500
Man-hours needed to complete the media tent: 7,000
Man-hours produced by 2,500 media members if everyone worked every hour the tent is scheduled to be open: 110,000
Maximum capacity in the Curb Event Center: about 6,000 (5,000 for basketball games)
Number of Middle Tennesseans who will make up the town-hall audience in the arena: 150
Minimum cost to host the debate: $1.3 million
Belmont's projected total expenses for the debate: about $3 million
Amount spent on the presidential election by the McCain and Obama campaigns (as of July 2008): $464,983,026

Source: Belmont University, TVA, Center for Responsive Politics

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