Philadelphia to Host the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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PHILADELPHIA, : Photo dated 12 September, 2001 shows visitors to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia listening to a Park Service guide, following the re-opening of Philadephia's National Historic Sites including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Pavilion. The attractions were ordered closed 11 September following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The FBI was investigating information it received 21 February, 2002 concerning an apparent threat against the Bell. AFP PHOTO FILES TOM MIHALEK (Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)TOM MIHALEK / AFP/Getty Images

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The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, Democrats announced on Thursday.

The convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement that a final contract with the city was signed Thursday morning.

On a conference call with reporters, Wasserman Schultz added that the City of Brotherly Love won its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention on three criteria: logistics, security and resources.

And she offered a specific shoutout to walkability between the Wells Fargo Center and local hotels.

"Philadelphia's strength in particular was the proximity of their arena and venue to the hotel rooms," she said.

"The fact that there are 18500 hotel rooms within a 15 minute walk of the arena, the Wells Fargo arena, the fact that you would have an opportunity for delegates to be coming back and forth and interacting very cohesively in Philadelphia was a big strength of theirs," she said.

Democrats had previously narrowed their choices for the convention site to Philadelphia, New York and Columbus, Ohio.

The Republican National Convention will be held the week of July 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

- Carrie Dann