Oprah's appearance could help raise Obama's profile in South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Relax, University of South Carolina football fans. Your season may be over, but Williams-Brice Stadium won't be empty for long.
Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced Wednesday afternoon that because of overwhelming demand, their rally on Sunday with Oprah Winfrey will be moved to the 80,000 seat college football stadium in Columbia (although, the campaign said they don't expect to fill the stadium - that's coach Steve Spurrier's job).
The campaign had been scheduled to hold the rally at the Colonial Center in downtown Columbia, which seats 18,000 people, but on Tuesday Obama's state director Stacey Brayboy announced that "overwhelming excitement" had caused a run on free tickets.
"This event far exceeded our expectations," said Obama spokesman Kevin Griffis, who said they had to negotiate with the University of South Carolina to get the stadium for Sunday's rally.
There had been a waiting list for tickets, but the move to the football stadium will allow the campaign to accommodate everyone who wants to go.
So, will all those Oprah and/or Obama fans be actual registered voters? That remains to be seen, but the media attention will certainly help raise Obama's profile in the crucial early-voting state.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby