By DNC In-house WBT Reporter
More than a month after the Democratic National Convention received the keys to Time Warner Cable Arena, the nearly-finished product was unveiled to the community Friday morning.
"Wonderful! I'm overwhelmed!" one woman said during the community open house.
Images of the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore and other patriotic icons filled screens behind the podium, which will emerge from the floor of the stage.
"When I look at how this work has been transformed, I know the Queen City will put on a first-rate convention," said Mayor Anthony Foxx.
Convention organizers said the open house was meant to thank Charlotte for its support of the convention.
The convention committee budgeted $7 million for arena overhaul, which the committee said required less work than previous host arenas. The majority of the work dealt with phone and cable lines for visiting media.