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. Randy

    CNN this is wrong and offensive language, your comment policy obviously means nothing.

    Texas Trail Dog July 4th, 2008 10:27 am ET


    July 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Brian from Iowa

    ::: shakes head :::

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

    The Audacity of Hype ...

    July 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Bronco fan

    I really hope this doesn't happen. The Broncos don't need any more bad luck!!! Besides, no venue is big enough to house the false hopes of all those who are naive enough to think socialism is okay for this country.

    July 4, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Texas Trail Dog July 4th, 2008 10:27 am ET


    Dude, why don't your racist a55 STOP! All you ever do is spew racist bullsh!t on this blog everytime you come on here! Just come out and call him a monkey and get it over with and then go put on your white sheet and dunce cap with the eye holes poked out! You should go back to your inbred family members and have more kids with your sister and mother, YOU'D be among family.

    July 4, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Erik, Austin TX

    I would be concerned about the much higher level of security (and therefore cost) that would be required for such a move. The increased security, including police presence, will cost the city of Denver millions, and the city is already struggling to pay for its share of the convention costs as it is.

    I think it would make a great image, but I think the city would probably prefer to keep everything at the Pepsi Center.

    July 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. GARY


    July 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Kate, Atlanta

    Wow, you McSame supporters sure are jealous, aren't you? Your guy can barely fill a highschool gym. I bet you are REALLY dreading his acceptance speech – he sux at communicating. If it's anything like his green screen fiasco, which it no doubt will be, he'll get NO convention bounce. Obama thinks about his supporters and is trying to make room for a few more – come on over, the water's just fine.

    July 4, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. ron democrat turned independent via HILLARY then obama


    Is this an ego thing or does he just want to spend donor money to fit is new life style. vote Mccain

    July 4, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Jake Writesel

    This will be a historic moment and it is nice to see people from all persuasions will be able to have a chance to share in it. As far as these claims about Obama not having a plan for health care, energy, the economy, and foreign policy they must not be paying attention or just do not want to. Maybe they are Republicans. AS far as his plans for taxes go he intends to let the Bush tax cuts to end for those rich folks and work out another stimulus check plus about 1000 more in tax cuts. SO maybe you need to do research. Also the candidates' plans for taxes were compared and it found we make out way better with Obama's plan.

    July 4, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Lynn

    His arrogance just keeps on going. I guess he will bus people in like he does to alot of his speeches. They are usually not the local crowd. Like for instance the crowd of 75,000 – most were there for a concert. Our little town – gets 100 – 125 thousand for our summer concerts. So I'm not impress. Of course that would give more people the opportunity to protest his nomination. He was selected by the DNC not elected. I'll be in Denver. Let it rain.

    July 4, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Obama knows best

    And we claim that we are all tired of Bush and his cocky, boastful, mocking, jeering, self-impressed, full of himself, self-important airs of superiority.

    Obama is just too concerned about his place in the history books and NOT So concerned about working for his country.

    What has he done so far? What are his qualifications for office of the presidency? What experience has he had doing anything other than delivering a heck of a speech- written by others in advance?

    July 4, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. WILLY

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

    Apparently the latter. That's what we have had for the last few decades.

    July 4, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. No Obama

    This pompous and self-impressed egotistical maniac deserves a swift kick in the you-know-what.

    July 4, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. stevem

    I remember another political leader having a rally at a rather large stadium.... ADOLPH HITLER! Does anyone else in America see what's happening here? A charismatic, well-spoken motivational-type speaker is about to be anointed savior of the United States without having ANY REAL accomplishments to his name, and he keeps preaching about how when he's president, he will make sure large oil companies no longer have great profits. He will make sure the government helps everyone pay their mortgages, etc. etc. SOUNDS A LOT LIKE A TRUE SOCIALIST TO ME! Hitler did great things for Germany in his first 3 years in power...... and then????? What's going to happen with Obama? I don't trust him.

    July 4, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. S. Denice

    This is by far the most irritating election year I've ever seen. Not because of Senator Obama or his historic nomination, but for the refusal of of so many to accept change. Senator Obama is not Messianic. He is not an elitist. He is not an egomaniac. So many of you are negatively defining him because of his "difference." He does have policies. He does address issues. But it all seems to get lost under the heavy weight of racist attitudes. I'm not suggesting that everyone that opposes Senator Obama is a racist. I don't believe that. However, when I read these blogs I am convinced that racism is driving the attitudes of many. If Senator Obama does something good, he is pounced on. Each and every word that proceeds from his mouth is over-scrutinized. Face it America. This is a new day. It is the new millenium and change looms on the horizon. In November of 2008, change will blanket this nation when Barack Obama is elected President of the United States of America. It is inevitable. So, get yourselves prepared.

    July 4, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Bud

    got hope?

    Your other choice is 4 more years of war and economic disorder brought on by "borrow and spend"

    yes. we can. You can too, or you may choose to sit on the sidelines.

    Go Barack

    July 4, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Tom in MA

    His mind changes constantly.... his ego remains unchanged.

    July 4, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    Gee, they should make a movie of it and call
    it "Triumph of the EGO"
    I think Leni Riefenstahl is still alive, they can
    get her to direct it too!
    Heil Obama!

    Talk about counting your chickens before they
    are hatched!

    July 4, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Paula Hussein MacK

    That would be fabulous! History that more people could watch and take part in. That will be a moment when we will ask later.. where were you when Barack Obama became the first African American President?? I bet even with that venue , as large as it is ,people will still be lined up! Exciting times.." the times, they are a changin' " sung by Bob Dylan should be palyed!

    July 4, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. lois

    American, McCain doesn’t' t have to prove his patriotism like Obama.

    July 4, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Kris from AZ

    I dont think its big enough. This is going to be a great nomination party. I cant wait.

    July 4, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Mike in NYC

    American political commentary has always been infested with sports metaphors, so this just makes sense.

    Plus, Obama's campaign and football have something else in common - whites going gaga over black "heroes" whose "negatives" they somehow always seem to overlook.

    July 4, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Bud

    Oh, I'm from Portland – the "concert" comment is a crock. We simply love Obama, not going to apologize. It will be a crowd of 250,000 in November

    July 4, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Oregon4Obama

    its a good move because all the places that he visited here in Oregon, he packed and more people were waiting outside to see.....

    except his last stop when he spoke outside to over 65,000 people.....I think he could fill a stadium........

    and to you dissenchanted dems......its not ego driving Obama, its excitement........Records, stereotypes, voter registration numbers, attendance, volunteers; all these numbers have been broken and its due to excitement......politics is not suppose to be exciting, but this time, like it was with John F kennedy or MLK Jr. is allowing people to be inspired, learn and organize to help change this countries future for the better

    Think about it, did anyone know the name Barack Obama in 2006? Probably not......but His vision for this country, his policies and his organization are what has propelled him from a nobody 19 months ago, to a worldwide recognizable figure......


    July 4, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Supreme Leader of the people

    This man has the same effect on his rabid supporters and promoters as Hitler had in Germany.

    Just deliver a speech about how wonderful America and Americans will once again be, and watch the silly ninnies all swoon and obey the call.

    Obama has brainwashed the youth of the country by taking advantage of how frustrated, angry and bitter they are after 8 years of a poor administration.

    He provided no clear answers or solutions- just big promises and a hype of hope, marketed as a pop idol.

    That is how tyranny roots- by blind allegiance and unflagging loyalty, NO MATTER what the demagogue may be peddling.

    July 4, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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