Thousands of hours of manpower and millions of dollars went into transforming the Tampa Bay Times Forum into a stage of international proportions for the Republican National Convention. As quickly as it went up, the frills were already coming down on Friday.
The Republican National Convention's sleek centerpiece podium was created using 30,000 hours of man power. Just hours after the close of the convention, the stage was already well on it's way to being reduced to little more than rubble.
A platoon of power-tool clad crews were called in early to the Forum to get to work removing the remnants of the RNC.
Dozens of temporary speakers hanging high in the rafters were already on their way out on Friday afternoon. Caterers who spent the week serving the masses in swanky suites swiftly started packing up and taking off.
"We prepped everything last night. We were here until like one o'clock," said Outback Steakhouse's Darrell Hunt.
It took six weeks to transform the Forum into a world stage for the RNC, but crews expect it'll take less than half that to tear it down.
"We're cleaning all the stands, making sure we get everything out of the stands, all the trash is gone," said Tangela Maddox, of the Forum's sports service.
Custodial crews started working late Thursday night, clearing out cartloads of confetti and concession trash.
"It's been crazy. It's been fun, it's been crazy, it's been tiresome," Maddox laughed.
Construction crews expect to completely finish deconstructing the RNC stage inside the Forum by September 14th.
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