Early preparations Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena included adding an acrylic barrier in front of the stage, where speakers such as Donald Trump's son Eric, and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will speak tonight. The night program begins at 7:20 p.m. EDT (2320 UTC).
Republican Committee Chairman Reince Priebus opens the convention tonight. The first speakers of the night include Florida Governor Rick Scott and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.
There are also several videos on the schedule, including "The Trump We Know," "The Plan is Real," "The Trump Family I Know," "My Father, Donald Trump" and a salute to the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11, which put astronauts Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.
Jan Erik Surotchak, of the International Republican Institute, spoke with VOA's Russian Service and explained foreign policy differences within the Republican Party.
Skirmishes among opposing protest groups broke out over the burning of a U.S. flag near the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Wednesday. Police used pepper spray to push the protesters apart. Several people were detained, local media reported.
Protests have been held every day since the convention started on Monday, but Wednesday’s skirmishes were the most chaotic.