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Old 10-08-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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This is news to me...

139th NRA ANNUAL MEETINGS & EXH (http://www.nraam.org/default.asp - broken link)

The 139th NRA 2010 National Convention is being held at the Charlotte Convention Center May 14-16, 2010. This is pretty darn big news for the city as this convention draws big name speaking attendees (politicians, actors, celebrities, etc.), huge amounts of general attendees from all over the country (I remember reading something on the order of 70-100k attendees), and generates tons of economic spin-offs for the area.

Looking at the proposed floor plan for the exhibit hall, it looks like they're using the full "L-shape" of the floor: http://www.nraam.org/exhibitor/graphics/floorplan_2010.pdf (broken link)

Here are some pictures from the 2009 convention held in Phoenix, AZ:
RugerForum.com :: View topic - NRA Members Meeting & Convention - Phoenix / PG-2 (http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=59208 - broken link)
RugerForum.com :: View topic - NRA Members Meeting & Convention - Phoenix / PG-3 (http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=60079 - broken link)

If I'm not mistaken, the event is free to NRA members. For those interested, here's a link to join the NRA for free for one year: https://www.nrahq.org/nrabonus/accept-membership.asp (broken link)

It goes without saying...I'll be there!
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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...and I just realized, the NASCAR Hall of Fame opens that week too. Wow...BUSY week for uptown!

NASCAR Hall of Fame * Home

I doubt the HOF will have any problems with attendance in its opening days!

I hear the HOF entry fee is set at $19.99 per person ($15.99 for ages 5-12, under 5 free). Pretty reasonable if you ask me.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Awesome info Steve
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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Steve, YOU DA MAN!!! This is why I've always said "Charlotte keep moving forward; keep progressing". Some of the comments I've read lately from "so called Charlotteans" suggesting we be more like smaller towns in NC is a freaking joke (and an insult). Charlotte, keep doing YOUR thing and we will do just fine.

Way to go Charlotte!!!
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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...and I just realized, the NASCAR Hall of Fame opens that week too. Wow...BUSY week for uptown!

NASCAR Hall of Fame * Home

I doubt the HOF will have any problems with attendance in its opening days!

I hear the HOF entry fee is set at $19.99 per person ($15.99 for ages 5-12, under 5 free). Pretty reasonable if you ask me.
The smart-alek in me is resisting the urge to make comment about the south, guns and NASCAR.

I understand that the HOF is set up in such a way that, in order to view all of the exhibits, visitors will constantly walk around the hall to the left.
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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For 19.95 it better be something more than just walking and looking. If not the locals will go once and never again. I hope the planners havent spent their future profits YET,,,,lol
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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The smart-alek in me is resisting the urge to make comment about the south, guns and NASCAR.

I understand that the HOF is set up in such a way that, in order to view all of the exhibits, visitors will constantly walk around the hall to the left.
I wouldn't take any offense to it! In fact, it makes me damn proud of my city!

Beats the heck out of a place like, say, Berkeley, CA where people protest recruiting stations!
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:28 AM
 
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You mean we have to pay to visit the HOF??? What a rip... I am sure our local good olde boys have already taxed us for this piece of their "world class" city exhibit!
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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...when they pry it from my COLD, DEAD FINGERS!!!



This does sound pretty cool.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:31 AM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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That is pretty funny, about going to the left in the HOF. I think $19.95 is pretty steep. I expect the hard corps locals may go once, but it is clearly a price set at the tourists. Could be a mistake, but we will see.

The NRA thing is a big deal. It is considered a plumb convention. Don't expect a bunch of rednecks with rebel flag tee-shirts, either. That is a good job for Charlotte getting that one.

lln
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