The city of St. Louis expects to receive a letter from the Democratic National Committee, perhaps as early as this week, giving it an opportunity to bid for its 2016 convention.

And the city, seen as a contender for the 2012 convention, which ultimately went to Charlotte, N.C., will almost certainly submit one, said Maggie Crane, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s spokeswoman.

Crane said any bid would be dependent on the DNC’s parameters for the host city, including a minimum number of hotel rooms and arena seats. Those requirements are unlikely to be a problem, as the Gateway City met them in 2011