By Thomas Kaplan

DENVER, 10:45 p.m. — Little did I know how excruciatingly boring a political convention is during the many hours not shown during primetime. So this afternoon I had some time to explore the Pepsi Center, the arena where the Democratic National Convention is being held this week.


View of the floor from the nosebleed seats.

More photos after the jump.


CNN seems to have the most impressive set-up of the television networks.


The lobby of the Pepsi Center, ground zero for the much-loved man (or delegate) on the street interview.


The press filing center on what I believe is the practice court for the Denver Nuggets basketball team.  Not-so-fun fact: There is no wireless Internet in the filing center.


Also, I’m pretty sure the television in my suite’s common room is larger than each of those. Weird — Obama’s primary-night filing center in New Hampshire, as one example, was much better equipped than this.


So much for security. I got off on the wrong floor and asked for directions; the volunteer promptly directed me straight into the heart of the Pepsi Center’s operations offices. I just wandered in. That’s probably not good?


Caroline Kennedy speaks to the convention.


Senator Ted Kennedy was greeted by a sea of “Kennedy” signs and a nearly two-minute ovation.