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Chris Matthews at the DNC Rain or Shine … But Mostly Rain

“There is no way they did this in Tampa,” the 20-something man quipped to me in the courtyard of The EpiCentre.

It is 4 o’ clock or so, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has just taken the stage/set that MSNBC erected in the shopping center. The crowd, around 150 strong, starts erupting into wild cheers, save for one older gentleman towards the back of the throng, who was booing very loudly.

Matthews was just taping a brief live-shot, but the crowd was excited. Even as it started to rain (and it really started to rain, watch the video below) a few dozen people stayed in their spots right behind the anchor desk, simply putting up their umbrellas, while the crew covered the equipment with tarps and closed off the set with plastic.

Finally, at 4:50, the main event began. Matthews again emerged from MSNBC’s workspace and walked to the set, and again there were cheers. Also getting loud cheers when they appeared on stage: Jesse Jackson, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and NBC’s Chuck Todd. Yes, this was clearly a wonky crowd.

As “Hardball” continued through the 5 PM hour, the crowd outside seemed to keep growing, swelling to about 400 on the three levels of the EpiCentre that overlook the stage. “Who is that?” one woman asked her friend as they walked by. “Oh, I think it’s Chris O’Donnell,” said her friend, who meant to say Lawrence O’Donnell.

Towards the end of the hour, some of Bloomberg TV folks decided to have a little fun. As rain again

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The Charlotte EpiCentre, The Epicenter Of Media At The 2012 DNC

Here in Charlotte, North Carolina, one location has become a media hub during the Democratic National Convention. The Charlotte EpiCentre, an outdoor mall featuring restaurants, nightclubs and shops, is playing host to some very high profile media outlets.

The CNN Grill has taken over what used to be a Mexican cantina. Upstairs on the third floor, Bloomberg has converted a Gold’s Gym into the Bloomberg Link, where it is hosting panels, cocktail sessions and broadcasting “Street Smart” as well as Charlie Rose’s PBS program. C-SPAN is presenting an exhibit at the mall for visitors.

It is MSNBC however that has the biggest presence. The cable channel has an enormous set in the central courtyard of the EpiCentre, and has signage inside and outside the entire place. The network also took over a restaurant and converted into an “MSNBC fan experience” that is open to the general public (more on that later this week).

All of the networks are within a few hundred feet of one another, and within a stone’s throw of the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the convention is being held.

Plenty of pictures, after the jump.

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