Tampa, Florida -- Monday was move-out day at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the Lightning and move-in day for Republicans as the GOP Convention nears.
With just 41 days before the convention begins, as many as 300 people each day will work inside the Times Forum on everything from removing some seats and re-wiring suites to building a new door along the facility's perimeter wall and putting up the stage where Mitt Romney will accept his party's nomination.
In fact, officials estimate it will take about 50,000 man-hours to get the Times Forum ready between now and August 27, when the convention begins.
"And so after a year and a half of planning, there is no more planning. In fact, what you see out here now is change," Republican National Convention Chairman Alec Poitevint told reports on Monday.
But one detail that has not yet been worked out is the seating chart on the convention floor and what will happen with the Florida delegation.
"Florida, just like all the states that violated the calendar, there's nothing that can be done. They can't get their delegates back," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said. "But I will tell you this, everyone in Florida that is coming to this convention is going to be treated like pure gold and they are going to have the time of their life."
The RNC is also taking over control of the Tampa Convention Center, which will also be used during the historic event.
An estimated 50,000 people are expected to come to Tampa for the convention.