--The theme of the convention, "A Better Future," was personally approved by Mitt Romney.
--Romney's Mormon faith won't be brushed under the rug. A member of the church will deliver the invocation. The Times also reports "Mr. Romney’s work as a bishop in the Mormon Church will be on display," though no other details are given.
--Despite Mormonism's no-alcohol-allowed rule, attendees of the convention can breathe easy: Concession stands will be serving alcohol.
--$2.5 million: The cost of the stage, inspired by American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959).
--The stage will feature 13 different video screens, "the largest about 29 feet by 12 feet, the smallest about 8 feet by 8 feet." The screens will be movable and aide speakers in delivering their message ("be it images of woeful-looking Americans to convey that President Obama has mismanaged the economy or pictures of the Romney children that speak to the candidate’s deep bonds with his family").
--Staircases will slope from the podium into the audience. "The intended symbolism: Mr. Romney is open and approachable, not distant and far above."
--Raised above the audience will be a digital clock ticking away to represent the national debt.
--The convention hall will have two separate stages for musical guests. The Times reports one guest is G.E. Smith, guitarist for Hall & Oats. The other, a "surprise act."
Photo via the Times. Full gallery here.