Cleveland welcomed the Republican debate!

Cleveland welcomed the Republican debate!

This week Cleveland welcomed the Republican debate to town.  The top 10 candidates in the polls took the stage Thursday night at the Quicken Loans arena in their quest to become the 2016 GOP nominee. They are: businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Red, white and blue LED panels were used as a backdrop behind the candidates with 10 podiums.  This set came from a National vendor and will travel with the debate throughout the remaining  dates scheduled: September 16, 2015 – Simi Valley, California, October 28, 2015 – Boulder, Colorado, November 2015 – Wisconsin, December 15, 2015 – Reno, Nevada, January 2016 – Iowa, February 6, 2016 – New Hampshire, February 13, 2016 – South Carolina, February 26, 2016 – Houston, Texas and 2 in March – TBD.

A black curtain separated the main stage and audience seating from a back stage “spin room,” where campaign representatives got to speak with members of the media after the debate.

Hughie’s was able to design a couple of the areas at the Q to make the candidates feel welcomed.  When we were given the task to create something unique for this event, we jumped at the opportunity! We were tasked with providing our services in the “spin room”, the practice courts for the pre-debate party, and in Bridges Restaurant for the after party. Our decor and lighting department immediately got to work designing some concepts for around the room and for food stations. We wanted to make sure that Cleveland welcomed the Republican debate to town.

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We were able to create a patriotic theme with use of gobos, lighting and light boxes.  We made custom designed fronts for the light boxes and some were used as the bases at the food stations.  These really gave the room an extra boost and added to the Republican debate decor by adding the GOP signature mascot, the elephant, into the room.  We can’t wait for all the events that will be in Cleveland in the future revolving around the 2016 election.

Mike Pifer

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