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. republican

    CNN what happened to you....??

    where did all the intellectual dialogue and responsible journalism go? (read the hate comments on this blog, never read anything this mind boggling)

    July 4, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. will

    Please don't use the NFL as a tool.
    And Obama stop pretending to be a christian to get votes.
    Heck stop pretending to be a conservative.
    Your a hard leftist,be what you are.

    July 4, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. mama coo

    Oh for goodness sake, how about worrying about problems that ordinary Americans are having like filling up their gas tanks, stopping the war, stopping the stock market slide, fixing the dollar. Who care where you accept the nomination. For a person who doesn't want this to be about race the Obama camp always makes it about race. Accept the nomination at the convention and then start telling the American people how you plan to take this country in the right direction.

    July 4, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. The Lorax

    Wow, I'm surprised by the number of cynics who are lost somewhere in the past. We have finnaly found a president with an ounce of presidential poise and all they can do is throw stones and call his supporters mindless and his campaign "scary" .
    Yeah its scary, to the rich 5%, yeah its scary, to all the right wing hawks who want to spend our hard earned money fighting fruitless wars. It is not scary to poor families, students, and veterans like my self who know that they will be in good hands if Obama is elected.
    Democrats should be grateful that we finally have a candidate with the kind of magnetism that draws supporters from all walks of life and party backrounds. Quit complaining about Obama you spoiled brats.
    You want to talk about ego? Ego is invading a country over the objections of the whole world. Ego is pulling out of the Kyoto Accords. Ego is answering the fears and anxieties of the American people with "so?".

    July 4, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Only HRC for me

    The more this man shows his true self... the less I like him and the better I feel about the difficult, first time in 35 years decisions to defect from the democratic party.

    I am liking McCain more each day.

    July 4, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. David

    The Audacity of Hope or merely audacity?

    Theatricality, ostentation and self-importance arre the essence of Obama, the quintessential "typical black person."

    Obama simply wants to put on a show. The sports arena venue has been done before, both by John F. Kennedy and more notably by Hitler who was the master of putting on a propaganda show at a 'Sportspalast.'

    To borrow a quote from Saddam Hussein, "This is all theatre."

    July 4, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Knight

    Texas Trail Dog...you sir (or mame) validate EVERYTHING that the wacko, racist nutjobs represent...an ideology that is based on hate, ignorance, and stupidity. In short, you and your entire klan are nothing more that neanderthal psycho-ceramics....CRACK POTS!

    July 4, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Emma, San Jose, CA

    For those of you who criticize Obama, e.g. Texas Trail Dog, Dissapointed Dem, your hateful words have no power.

    July 4, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Only HRC for me

    Maybe that isn't large enough and impressive enough for this pompous windbag.

    July 4, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Ridgeway

    Oh, brother. I hope he reserves it for his concession speech also. If he doesn't lose we normal, clear thinking, TAX PAYING, Americans can make our income concession speechs from the poor house.
    Boy this guy and his supporters are nauseating.

    July 4, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. 24 white male Louisville KY

    Obama haters have a complex about "popular" people.

    July 4, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. boastful one

    Half of his own party will still NOT accept HIM- no matter how showy and grand his public bragging is.

    July 4, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. IAMGOD

    Who the hell does he think he is? GOD?

    July 4, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Tari

    I hope the Obama campaign and the DNC does change the venue from the convention center to the football field. This is a historic election with a historic candidate. There will be many Americans who will want to witness history in the making.

    July 4, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Jill Claybourne


    1. He has his own seal ("presidential"?) displayed

    2. He is already redecorating the Lincoln bedroom

    3. Now he is thinking of using a NFL stadium

    This man is nuts. How can all you foolish people still trust this man? It is beyond believe. He changes his mind about issues almost daily....he's wishy washy, arrogant, a liar and not a patriot even tho he is trying to act like he absolutely loves American and has always been pround of American, unlike his wife. Now he is acting like a Christian conservation. Baloney.

    July 4, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. new dems

    I am one of those that likes my candidates to be more humble.

    I want a public servant- not a self-serving public pop icon.

    I want a candidate for the people- not a candidate out for himself and out to secure his place in history.

    Where is Hillary?

    Why wasn't she allowed to take it to the convention? Ted Kennedy as 800 delegates behind and HE took it to the convention.

    July 4, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Nick

    I hear McCain is going to give his acceptance speech at a local high school gym ... He MIGHT be able to fill that venue.

    July 4, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. susie

    Jesse Ventura should run as an Independent!

    July 4, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. the new democrats stink

    Enough show, glitz and propaganda.

    We already have an image outsized to the character and merits of this man.

    July 4, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Clinton/McCain

    This guy thinks being president is a joke! He's running for the presidency not performing a rock concert! What an ego!

    July 4, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Sandra

    This is outrageous!
    The reason they want to move his acceptance speech to the stadium is because Democrats opposed to Obama have been organizing to protest at Denver.
    Obama's people want Hillary's name erased from the ballot
    They do not want a roll call vote
    And now, on top of all that, they want to move his royal highness to LA?
    This is outrageous and unbelievable!
    Do people realize, moreover, how much federal taxdollars have been given to the DNC for their convention? And no Obama is going to be a no-show?!

    July 4, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. creo

    "Actually Steve, Hitler was a very smart man and a good speaker. But it wasnt he himself that turned Germany around, it was THE PEOPLE who came together for the common good. Unfortunately he took his power and perverted it later on. Obama is gaining momentum because the people believe in him. By your statement, are you saying Obama is going to persecute the jews when he gets into office or are you just using good old fashioned scare tactics that you've been taught for years?"

    Actually if Obama is going to mandate how churches do bussiness through a new faith based system then it is alot like what Hitler did.
    If he makes them hire and do bussiness based on fedral guidelines he will be forcing them to go against their own belief systems.
    Churches would in effect become controlled by the state.
    If a church becomes an entity that is filled with people who reject Christ it is no longer a church.

    July 4, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Mama4Obama

    Hate on haters!!!!Don't be jelly...Obama earned his spot, this is history whether you bigots like it or not. Get over yourselves. Don't be mad b/c McBush is not that popular, it'll be alright....Get used to President Obama rolling off your tongue, it's inevitable...'cause that's what it is! If you don't like it....Move! I hear Canada is nice.

    Obama '08 & '12 – Builing a better country, enriching our citizens!
    "Change you can believe in"
    "Yes WE Can"

    July 4, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Oh gee is Pepsi gonna give him a pot full of money to do this "stunt". One more thing to show this person is a grand stander and has no idea of how to run this country and revive the economy, provide jobs and most of all provide renewable energy....Wonder what kind of dance he will do at a party, if he wins, bet he'll chant and wave, might even give everybody there one of his speeches, written of course, by someone else.

    July 4, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Clinton/McCain

    Disappointed Dem,

    I don't know what happened to the Democratic party. I thought the Republicans who voted for Bush twice had problems, but it seems as though many Democrats are no better.

    July 4, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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