July 4th, 2008
11:42 AM ET
6 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. Joe, Haandale Beach, FL

    We the BO Fellows, support this idea, let's keep on writing history for posterity. LET'S GO BO!!!

    July 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Because after all, looking good is more important than actually having positions or being qualified. Obama is all about image with no substance.

    July 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Ron

    Are we counting chickens before they hatch?

    July 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Sophie L

    Doesn't he actually have to get the nomination first?

    July 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. SMEARS/LIES WON'T WORK IN 2008 MY FRIENDS.

    WE SUPPORT YOU BARACK. WE WANT CHANGE! VOTE BARACK OBAMA NOVEMBER 4.

    July 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Karen Beaumont, TX

    I like Obama but I don't like football.

    July 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Raymond Duke

    I guess one place is as good as the other. At least they will have a big teleprompter ther so he ought to be able to follow the lines that have been written for him and nobody should be able to ask him any questions are disrupt him while he is speaking. I reckon if he will ever attend any town hall meetings with john mccain were he would have to answer some questions that are not planted by his committee and he has studied the answer he wants to give. Well it don't make no difference to me. I won't be listening. I made up my mind with Obama's statements and the democrat leadership. I will be voting for John McCain. Except for messing around on the blog this election is really over with for me.

    July 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Greg FL.

    Texas Trail Dog, you are nothing but a racist bigot. That comment was totally uncalled for.

    July 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Texas Trail Dog: Let me apologize for you if you have offended anyone. Raise the bar, it makes one feel so much better.

    July 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. randy

    TEXAS TRAIL DOG.YOUR JUST ONE OF THOSE FEW AMERICANS IN THE SOUTH THAT CANNOT STAND TO SEE BLACK PRESIDENT.START NOW AND GET USE TO IT.IN GODS GRACE IT WILL HAPPEN.

    July 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. A CANUCK

    THEY SHOULD GO FOR IT........EVEN IF IT RAINS.......OBAMA WILL SHINE !!!!!

    July 4, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. susie

    Will it open with the "original National Anthem"? OR will the country now sing the Black version?

    July 4, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Nate

    The ego maniac!

    July 4, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Raymond Duke

    Oh by the way, a great american politician died today, Jesse Helms. You might not have liked him or agreed with the man but you always knew where he stood. No flip- flopping with that man No rhetoric or B.S, with that man.

    July 4, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. TEXAN

    This is great ! I know that there are alot of people who will want to be part of this event. This stadium will allow them to be there. YES....with Obama, we are on our way to a BETTER America for all !!!!!

    July 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. akc66

    Obama fans sound like Bush fans 8 years ago.
    Wow!

    July 4, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. bryen

    Pure, utter pandering. He is becoming the ultimate politician. "Look at meeeee!"

    July 4, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Boulder Brian

    This isn't about looking good and his image, even if that is what the article said. It's about getting as many supporters to be present as possible. As someone that lives in Colorado, I would lie, cheat, and steal to go and see that. It would be absolutely amazing! It's not that often that a presidential candidate can fill a 75,000 seat venue, and get the reaction he can. Heck, the Broncos were BOOED a few times there this past season. I say, go Obama. Let as many supporters hear your message as possible. Your presidency is going to make America relevant in a good way around the world.

    July 4, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. randy

    I DONT LIKE THIS PEOPLE ON THIS SAYING STUFF ABOUT OBAMA EGO.YOU ALL SHOWED STOP.PEOPLE WANT TO SEE HIM MAKE ACCEPTEANCE SPEECH THE CAN CHOOSE ABIG VENUE OR ARENA.IT HAVE NOTING TO DO WITH HIS EGO.

    July 4, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Jeronimo

    That sounds fantastic. 20,000 seats will not be sufficient for an event of this magnitude.

    For those cynics and critics who suggest this has more to do with Baracks ego than his desire to involve as many vested individuals as possible, I say... Ba humm bug. You have no desire to see our nation progress. If you did you would understand that this is how Baracks' philosophy of inclusion and unity is best represented.

    The fact that no other presidential candidate (JFK&RFK may have accomplished this had they not been so far ahead of their time) could fill this venue speaks volumes to the intensity of the moment. This is a "SUPER bowl" of humanity and we all win.

    One Love and Happy 4th all.

    Obama '08

    July 4, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    I know many of you are talking about his ego now, but you would hate him no matter what he did. I for one would love to be there. It will definitely be a Historical moment.

    Obamais44

    July 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Monica, Texas

    If anyone can fill up the stadium Obama can..This is great and will give more the opportunity to see this historic speech....

    July 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. maria

    way to go obama.all the way to the top where you belong and those negative thoughts are going fo fade sooner or later when americans realize that obama is our hope to become a better america.love you obama.

    July 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Pat, CA

    The only thing big enough for Obama's ego would be accepting the nomination from the Space Station! Since he has no substance, the next best thing is to "pose" in front of as many people as possible to make us "think" he does.

    July 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Concerned

    Senator Obama is loved by many millions of Americans. Although Senator Obama is aprince (He has grace and intellect) of a man, his desire is to serve rather than to be crowned. Don't hate! Appreciate! If you do not wish to see Senator Obama accept the Democratic nomination, turn the channel. Senator Obama is not an egomanic. His confidence comes from his faith in Jesus, not from himself.

    Peace!

    Happy 4th of July

    July 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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