Cities don't always come out ahead after holding a convention. Democrats ended theirs in Charlotte millions in debt on a loan secured by Duke Energy, while Philadelphia grappled with lawsuits for years after clashes with protesters during the 2000 GOP convention.
Still, officials in Ohio say the weeklong crush of national media attention offers a chance to boost economic development.
A wild card is basketball and hockey playoffs that could run into June. The RNC wants to hold its convention between late June and mid July 2016 and needs about six weeks in advance to set up. Of the eight cities, only Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City do not have sports teams that could pose schedule conflicts.