PHILADELPHIA -

Democratic Party officials considering Philadelphia as a potential host city for the 2016 convention are touring a sports arena, a famed cheesesteak shop and a popular farmer's market.

Democratic National Committee representatives are in the midst of a two-day visit to assess the city's ability to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Also bidding to host the event are Birmingham, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; Brooklyn, New York; and Phoenix.

The representatives on Wednesday are touring the Wells Fargo Center, Pat's Steaks, the Reading Terminal Market and other stops.

Thursday's agenda includes a visit to the Comcast Center and a rally at the National Constitution Center.

Local politicians and dignitaries, including former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, were among hundreds who turned out Wednesday morning to greet the delegates.