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. Dave, Houston, TX

    I believe John McCain is going to accept his nomination at a private fundraiser.

    July 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Keith

    I love it when people called "concerned voters" wonder if Obama will be able to solve our problems when he is elected. Are these the same concerned voters that gave us George Bush? I bet they are and their political judgement is suspect at best.

    July 4, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. randy

    HATERS STOP HATING.
    IF PEOPLE IS BIGGER THAN THE MAIN VENUE THE ARE FREE TO CHOOSE ARENA.THE CAN TELL THE SUPPORTER TO GO HOME THERE IS SEAT FOR THEM.IT IS NOT EGO OR IMAGE.

    July 4, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Lim

    NObama 08: Yes, we scam!

    July 4, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. JohnBoy

    What if he does not win?

    July 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Donna

    The Broncos suck anyway...you won't miss anything!!!

    There is nothing arrogant about this...it is a HISTORICAL moment and as many people that can be a part of it, should be..it IS a proven fact that the man draw HUGE crowds and a stadium would be a good idea to allow more people to be there..

    And of COURSE image is important....don't kid yourselves!! Who wants someone in office that can not DRAW a crowd or hold anyones interest? Maybe McCain wouldn't have gotten panned about the green screen if it were a more lively event...

    ..now Mother Nature may be the only factor that would nix the idea...

    So many haters, so little time...lol...

    July 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Geneva

    I think that someting new is terrifying all non-Obama people. People fear what they don't understand and hate what they can't conquer and this situation is no different. The fear Obama and his plan cause they don't understand His purpose of reaching all people instead of a few. They hate his charism, style and swagger because they can't conquer his attitude. They can't make him do what they want him to do, instead he keeps his composer and great attitude towards his country. And like I said before, they want more so for him to debate and fuss on petty issues instead of the major issues of the world (war, education, needy states).
    Go Obama and make the World more comfortable with each other instead of all this hatred.

    July 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. AA

    I love posts like "he's all about image". He's all ego. Write Hillary.
    Pot meet Kettle. Let's check our reality now hmmm?

    Americans, are all about image. Be it Forrest Bush and his cowboy outfit, to the obsession with all things material that lead to record amounts of debt, from the SUV and 8 cylinder must have the muscle that has brought us into record gas prices, from the pant suits to the lapel pins to the war hero.

    So what, or more accurately whom, are you really talking about?

    You have the choice of yet another leader who cannot even form english sentences that are written out for him correctly, who represents and supports all that has gone bad in the last year...

    or an articulate statesman who will represent cultural diversity, progressiveness and confidence.

    The choice is pretty clear to me. And do not pretend to think that you know or understand what either person will do while in office. We do not have that insight or knowledge.

    You ARE picking a figurehead. Choose wisely.

    July 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. SMART1

    To those PUMA's & Repulse-licans posting negative statements you are haters because your candidates have no supporters to fill such a venue. It's not being Egotisitc to want all of your supporters to be able to be apart of history. This is HISTORY you fool's!!!!!!!!!!! It's not about him it's about his SUPPORTERS. Stop looking for an opportunity to put this man down for everything he does. If you support your candidate then support him but leave ours alone. I hope to be there as one of the 75,000

    Barack Obama 08'

    July 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Ess

    History is being made.....go for the larger place. Those who do not like it is just jealous because they see that ALL Americans can come together without hanging each other.

    July 4, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. bpower

    The DNC has gone off the deep end. They were hijacked. I still look at OBAMA's resume and think, WHAT????

    PUMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Jim

    As a very strong Obama supporter during the run for the Democratic nomination, I am troubled by his recent flip-flops on Iraq etc. And now this. It is gving me second thoughts about who and what Obama is about , and what he will do as president.

    July 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Democrats 08

    Do it indoors. Why risk a disaster outdoors if it were to rain or thunder and lightening, or worse yet, a tornado , thanks to the polluters (Republicans) for global warming and all these storms we now see on the rise.

    Do it indoors.

    July 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Proud Americans

    Very exciting – see whether they can have even a bigger sstadium to accommodate 100,000 people. Obama already beat the 75,000 mark.

    July 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. D-dub

    Ahhh..... the illusion of Democracy. Its refreshing Get out there and vote America. Ignore the man behind curtain.

    July 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. jaylo

    Free Concert by Popular Band Preceded Obama’s Big Rally

    By Robert Knight | May 20, 2008 – 17:16 ET
    From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama's Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.

    Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars The Decemberists. The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007's The Crane Wife.

    July 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. John Hussein Riley

    We could never do that! Its not in the playbook. Traditional old-school, corrupt Republicans would be outraged and scream from the mountaintops "Who does this youngster think he is? Trying to take the power away that is rightfully ours?
    Have the courage to try something new. Vote for change.
    If not, you can always 'stay the course'.

    July 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Fulvio Leo Cabrera

    I think Obama should really think about having it elsewhere, for security purposes. I think its to open, they should hold it in a closed, smaller, televised area with enough security, he is a icon. there are people still with the old mind set. Racist,Haters.

    July 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. CMS

    All you Obamabots are being sold down the river as Barak "refines" his Iraq policy. Apparently he is realizes that retreat and failure in Iraq would turn Iraq into another (Iranian owned) Lebanon. Good to see he is waking up to the real world, but you all got sold another bag of goods that this guy will not deliver. (Thankfully)

    Change – something Obama is good at doing on his positions.

    July 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Tony, Douglasville, GA

    I support this idea since I would LOVE to attend in person.. you currently cannot get a seat at the democratic convention so this would be perfect.

    July 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Lavallette, NJ

    Obama could make his speech from the top of the Empire State Building for all I care.

    I am not marveled by his words the way other democrats are. I am scared of Barack Hussein Obama.

    July 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Caryn, WDC

    I may have to start thinking about getting to Denver.

    July 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Mr. J

    This man is the most disgusting person to have ever had a chance at being president. His entire run has only been about his me me me image. If you really look at the man there is no character, no ethics, no morals. Just an arrogant young man shoved upon us by move-on and other special interest groups with no brains. It's sad to see how easy it is to buy off party leaders and let such an unqulified person have such an important position. Get rid of him before he does any more damage.

    July 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Kathy in Michigan

    Let's pray for Great Weather!!! That is a wonderful idea!!!

    Senator Obama will draw far more people than 20,000. Even the campsites in the area are booked!!! The weather is an issue, but there is always Golf Umbrella's!!! Maybe the campaign can get a deal on a wholesale amount of Obama 2008 Umbrellas and sell them to supporters who are in attendance as a fundraising tool.

    I doubt that his opponent will have this draw in Minnesota.

    July 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. KS

    DUMB and DUMBER...we have become so dumbed down. I play futbol...some of the dumbest men I have known and seen played football.

    So I guess the location fits.

    This election is dumb...Obama is the dumber!

    July 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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