Tampa, Florida (WTSP) -- It's been a well kept secret until shortly before noon Monday.
But now, the Republican National Convention stage has been unveiled.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was on hand at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the unveiling. He says for the first time in convention history, the stage will include 13 LED panels creating a large-scale backdrop with video capabilities.
'"Our convention will connect with people across America and around the world from right here on this stage," Priebus said. "On any given night, almost 40 million people will be joining us through television, but we are also making an unprecedented effort to connect with millions more through our 'Convention Without Walls,' a pioneering digital program focused on engaging people, building a strong community and amplifying convention messages."
Convention CEO William Harris added, "The stage is really incredible. We are using technology and digital capabilities that have never been used at a convention before. The high-tech stage brings this event to a whole new level and it will help people at home watching TV or watching us through YouTube online to be a part of the energizing experience here in Tampa."
The 2012 RNC will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from August 27 through the 30th.