Times have changed. Our commitment to hosting a safe and successful convention has not.
Since Milwaukee was announced as the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, we’ve seen an incredible amount of enthusiasm for the event throughout our host city and the country as a whole. We continue to be motivated by all those who are just as excited as we are to host Wisconsin’s first-ever national party convention.
That’s why, as we prepare to use this historic moment to shine a spotlight on our city and state, we remain focused on hosting a convention that’s both successful AND safe.
So today, after months of careful consideration—and after consulting with public health officials—the convention team announced updated plans that will ensure a successful convention that prioritizes protecting public health. These updates include:
Broadcasting from Milwaukee and across the nation—Four nights of convention programming will be anchored out of our Milwaukee community, from August 17-20, 2020. Programming will include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations, and landmarks, which will help the convention reach and engage even more communities, while continuing to direct attention back to our hometown.
Conducting official business without risking public health—After consulting with public health officials, convention planners have determined that state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely.
Updating the convention campus—With fewer people gathering in person at this year’s event, convention planners are modifying the convention campus. Convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee.
While the event will look and feel different than we all expected in order to prioritize health and safety, this is a pivotal moment in our state’s history. In less than two months, Wisconsin will host a national party convention for the very first time, and we can’t wait to use this historic moment to highlight our city and uplift its values.