July 4th, 2008
11:42 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama may accept nomination at NFL stadium

Obama may accept the party's nomination at Invesco Field.

Obama may accept the party's nomination at Invesco Field.

(CNN) - Call it location, location, location.

Barack Obama's campaign is thinking of having the Democratic presidential candidate give his presidential nomination acceptance speech at a football stadium rather than in the arena in Denver, Colorado, where the Democratic National Convention is being held.

CNN has confirmed that discussions are underway between the campaign and Denver's convention organizing committee to move the senator from Illinois' acceptance speech from the Pepsi Center, a basketball and hockey arena which seats around 20,000 people, to Invesco Field at Mile High. The football stadium where the Denver Broncos play can seat around 75,000 people.

A bigger crowd could make for a more compelling picture and image.

One problem could be the weather. The stadium is open aired, and susceptible to afternoon and evening summer thunderstorms, while the arena is closed to the elements.

The story was first reported in the Los Angeles Times and by the Associated Press.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Shannon Gilson told the AP that no decisions have been made.

The Democrats' presidential nominating convention is scheduled to open on Monday August 25 and close with Obama's acceptance speech on Thursday, August 28.

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soundoff (288 Responses)
  1. Myron

    They should go for it. Many people will want to be part of this historic moment in American history.

    July 4, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Disappointed Dem

    NFL football stadium – I don't know, it may not be big enough to fit his ego in.

    It's all about image and stardom, worshipers and followers.

    This has become such a disappointing and frightening campain. What has happened to the democratic party?

    July 4, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. From Hillary to Obama

    Hillary should speak too. Great Idea. The Republicans couldn't match this.

    July 4, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Vote4Obama

    Lets do it dems!!

    July 4, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    I am all for it and it reinforces the fact that Obama is much more a regular guy than his counterpart. He is a real sports fan, something we can all relate to.

    July 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Dems be losers

    Will they bring in a throne and jeweled crown?

    July 4, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I don't thing there is a stadium big enough to for Obama supporters because we've already seen the numbers on the campaign trail. Yes it is a historic event that we can all be proud of which sends a message around the globe, we are all Americans and united we stand.

    July 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Enough Already!

    "A bigger crowd could make for a more compelling picture and image."

    Hmmm! So now it's become all about image with Obama? I've yet to see substance with either him or McCain. Hasn't this country had enough with bipartisan politics? It's time for a 3rd party to step up to the plate and lead this country out of the pit it entered 8 years ago. There are more positions out there than just Republican or Democrat.

    CNN, have the courage to post this comment, Obama isn't looking.

    July 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. ANGIE

    i say go for it look at the people at the obama rallys they are gonna need more room

    July 4, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. justin

    It's a shame that Disappointed Dem's supersize ego can't understand the magnitude of this unique moment in American history. Maybe he/she should read a history book.

    July 4, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Alice

    it IS historic and why not have "the people" there as well as the political delegates?

    I think it says alot.

    July 4, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Jim

    Oh no...they should have the speech in the room with those people responsible for his nomination. You know, those people responsible for this man who took Senator Clinton's policies and platforms and wrapped them in...wrapped them in...oh, yeah, wrapped them in 'change we can believe in'...he's changing now, isn't he?


    July 4, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. olivia

    W-h-a-t-e-v-e-r! big crowds didn't help him in the big states during the primaries. He isn't going to win. Who you trying to fool.

    July 4, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. JPM

    Truth is, this is history in the making and we all know it.

    The Republicans have ruined this country in the last 8 years and they want 8 more. How much further down the drain will we let them take it?

    Its time for change plain and simple.

    July 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. cherry strawberry

    He definitely will need more room because my family and I plan to attend. I would think that you haters wouls be happy that the young, the old, and all nationalities have found a president who we can believe in and who is a uniter...but Forget you HATERS!!!!! Your time is FINISHED!!!!!!


    July 4, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. slm, Ity

    If he was white the lead would have been much wider considering the situation the country is in, but as they say long live the United States of Racists(America)….

    July 4, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Dems

    Anything to perpetuate Obama's "Messianic Complex". This guy is so full of himself and shame on the Obama-Bots for drinking his kool-aid.


    July 4, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Chris from Boston

    With Obama, it is all about the image and speeches. It kind of reminds me of Britney Spears: overly complicated stage productions for an untalented singer.

    Does America want a president who is a smart leader or a highly popularized, inadequate person?

    July 4, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Joe Reg

    A lot of ordinary American wants to be part of history, so, I would say " go for it".

    Obama the man of the moment.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 4, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. American

    * Sen. John McCain has no public events.

    * Sen. Barack Obama takes part in a 4th of July parade in Butte, MT. Afterwards, he speaks at a family picnic.

    Where are all the members of PUCKA (PUMA)? Why are they not slamming McWalking Caine for not being patriotic?

    OBAMA '08 A true American family man.

    July 4, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Kingslough NY.

    I think the stadium wont hold his supporters.. He should do it in the grand canyon hehe. GO OBAMA!

    July 4, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Matt

    I'll never go to another Broncos game again.

    July 4, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Kathy in Oregon

    I's so tired of Obama's EGO.

    His entire campaign has been all about his "image" - that's why many voters - like me - say that the guy lacks SUBSTANCE.

    July 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. randy

    i cant wait,i like to watch the democratic conventions it is like academy award of politics to me.barack the vote america.

    July 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Concern Voter

    Are you kidding me...he is a real sports fan something we can all relate too.
    People need to start paying to the issues of this campaign. Has Obama said how he is going to solve our energy crisis and our dependence on foreign oil? I don' think so. Has Obama said how is going to fix our economy? Not really..unless you consider raising taxes an answer. How is he going to solve health care? Nope.

    So keep on drinking the Kool Aid, because Socialism is not the answer to our problems.

    July 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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