Facility rent cost McCain $250 per day

John McCain’s presidential campaign will be charged $250 a day for the rental of Suplizio Field for the rally hosted there Monday by his running mate, Sarah Palin.

The GOP candidates will pay the standard rate, which is $250 a day, to rent Suplizio, which is owned and operated by the city of Grand Junction. Charges for lighting and other services are additional and were being calculated Tuesday, said Mike Vendegna, acting Grand Junction parks director.

The stage had yet to be removed Tuesday from the infield, Vendegna said.

A crowd estimated to be about 17,000 people heard Palin speak. Many at the rally, possibly as many as 7,000 people, stood in the infield for the rally.

Eddie Mort, who oversees the fields for the city of Grand Junction, said the rally was good use for the facility.

Little damage to the field was evident, he said, but if there was any, it wouldn’t last long.

“It’s grass,” Mort said. “It’ll grow back.”

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama rallied earlier this year with about 6,000 supporters at Cross Orchards Living History Farm.

The Museum of Western Colorado charged $1,200 rent for that event.


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