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. ABG


    I hope Obama is not more about GETTING the job than DOING the job!

    July 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Woman4Obama

    Way to go Obama this is a great time in history.I am proud as an american to see this great man relish in victory.

    July 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Julbrius

    McWalking Caine is a loser and we have had enough of Republicans messing up this beautiful country. It is time for a change, it is time to overlook skin color and set aside racism. OBAMA is the man! We need less international brutality and McWalking Cain is too old to run this country, he need to be taking his nap at his age. Down with McWalking Cain

    July 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. theresa in Prattville, AL

    Shut up you stupid freaks. Obama is the next President. Get Over It!!

    July 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. gerry

    No question, this speech will be history in the making, no question about it-do it.

    July 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. gerry

    And McCain will give his acceptance sppech inside tha flip-flop express and draw the press and 6 interested by-standers.

    July 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Jason

    A move to point the cameras away from Hillary supports, i.e. the other half of the Democrat party that is being swept aisde by the Obama coronation?

    July 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Fareed

    People want to be part of this Presidential Election like no other in American History. This is one of those moments that people want to be included as much as possible. G'd Bless America. The 75000 seat Invesco Bronco Stadium would be excellent weather permitting and the Pepsi Center could be the Over Flo which will certainly be needed. Absolutely, Hillary will play a prominent part opening up for Obama. Talk about hitting one out of the Park. Black eyed Peas, John Cougar, The Boss could do part of the pre-show. Yes We Can.

    July 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    And he will fill it too. Old McBush would barely fill a phone booth with the few tired losers that he has show up. McBush once was a good man 8 years ago, but he had to sell out to the same party hacks that bought Bushie his one and a half election wins. As with Hillary, 90% of the implied evils in their positionms and personalities are GOP fabrications. Charges have to be invented and stuck to these real leaders or the public might start looking a wee bit to close at the lack solid of merit in the McBush campaign. The 15% difference in some polls is about right. He merits no better.

    July 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Lars Larson

    Tell me what positions McCain has on issues....

    Roe vs Wade – overturn it.

    Gay Marriage – deny it.

    Tax breaks and loop holes for oil companies – give it.

    War in Iraq – 100 more years should do it.

    Yep, those are the kinds of views we want in the White House.

    If you like a struggling economy, poor finance rates and your house being worth nothing, vote McCain.

    At least he has opinions on issues.

    July 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. KS


    We won't make it to 2012 if Obama wins...he will sink us like the Titanic. Maybe it will be quick enough that it won't be too painful.

    July 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Tim

    Perhaps he should do it under the ocean....he could start playing his flute and head off toward the ocean then all of his rats...I mean followers could follow him.

    July 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Puma pac er

    He may not need it if he keeps shifting his positions. I feel better every day about voting for McCain- the difference keeps narrowing.

    As a Hillary democrat who will be voting for McCain, I am insulted when people call us sore losers. We are true patriots dedicated to the principles of fair politics.

    We are neither angry nor upset that Hillary lost. We are dismayed, appalled and incensed by HOW and WHY she lost.

    She lost due to unfair electoral processes, anti-Hillary bias, outright sexism, a pro-Obama media, a corrupt DNC, AND… the ugly, negative strategy of agitating intra-party hatred used by the Obama campaign and Obama supporters.

    We are not racist. We do not think either gender or race are legitimate factors in choosing the best person to lead our Country.

    But we do oppose and despise the way Obama used race as an issue to divide not only fellow democrats, but all Americans.
    Obama uses race as a shield and as a sword against his detractors. Obama repeatedly injects race into the campaign.

    July 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. enomisa

    Is this venue big enough for this unqualified, full of himself candidate and his outsized ego?

    July 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. BHO Not my Candidate

    Make OBAMA outline is timetable for withdrawl in IRAQ... also make Obama outline how he plans on giving everyone the same healthcare as the SENATE AND 4 years... then ask him REAL QUESTIONS... who cares whats on his ipod.

    July 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Joe G

    Invesco is perfect because it can hold all the ex-friends of Obama. Wright and Pfleger and Rezco and Farrakhan. And don't forget his new friends. Hamas and Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro.

    July 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. peakarach,des moines,IA


    July 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Tony

    A football stadium? He can't be serious. This guy has the leader of a bunch of mindless fools.... too many really.... that's what so scary. Why not give the speech on top of one of the mountains over there so his followers can continue to look at this socialist racist like moses?

    July 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. dennis from chicago

    anything ro inpress I AM NOT IMPRESSED..... as long as he is paying for it who cares. i will not watch this pompous man get crowned......... hope he sweats alot like nixon

    July 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. navi

    they probably aready know a number of people that plan to attend. this number is probably very close to filling the small stadium, and that's without factoring in the crowd living in the area that could attend as well. that is why they are moving to the larger stadium.
    why do I believe this?
    because no one in their right mind would throw a huge party with only a small number of guests. it would look very stupid and poorly planned. (like throwing a party that nobody came to) I really doubt barack is about poor planning (primaries).
    also, I expect obamacans to attend, and probably some foreign dignitaries.
    so it's not about ego people, it's about planning.

    July 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Eli New York

    Obama realizes the significance of his Nomination and wants to include as many people as possible to be on site of History!Nothing wrong with sharing the moment with as many people as possible!

    July 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Christiane from Germany

    to Texas Trail Dog, you should show Respect. I read this Comments all the Time since the Election has began. And alot People are disrespectful.

    July 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Michigan for Obama

    For those that keep thinking it's about his ego...it has to do with accommodating the average American citizen who may want to also participate in history..nominating a candidate for president of the United States of America.

    Negativity and hate are such wasted energy emotions...I'm not for McCain but don't go around throwing spewing hate his way...he's still has a right to his opinions and positions...that I don't agree with....

    July 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. capitalist

    this is a perfect place for the proletariat to gather and hear how their fearless leader will lead their uprising against the bourgeoisie!!! i wonder who he will select for his politburo, er, cabinet...

    July 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. phantom of the Oprah

    Why not hold it on the lawn of the white house?

    There are no limits to this man's self-centered sense of self importance.

    How did his ego get SOOOOOO big, given the fact that he has yet to do anything at all for his country?

    Obama has spent all his time in elected office, campaigning for the next higher level of elected office instead of performing this job at his current elected office.

    He has no qualifications, experience, track-record, or resume. He trashed Hillary on all her positions- and NOW, post primary he has embraced her entire platform (except for the ALL important UNIVERSAL part of Health care plan) as his own.

    I voted for Hillary because she was a true moderate, centrist, populist. Now I will vote for McCain for the same reasons. Both have the ability to get things done by working across the aisle. Both have a track record for doing so.

    Obama? Not so much. He changes his positions daily, has no record to look back on, and can not seem to stick to his convictions, defend his positions and work to enact change.

    Hillary was the best. McCain is now second best.

    July 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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