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. Oh Lois

    Fascinating comments. If you're inclined to criticize a candidate for choosing a larger nomination venue when the available audience clearly supports such a decision, then your mind probably is too closed to be persuaded by anything that candidate says or does.

    This year, Obama supporters are betting that most people won't be so closed-minded. This candidate is backed by the most potent arsenal of economic and foreign policy experts to ever line up behind a single candidate. Virtually the entire economic team from the (President) Clinton administration supported Obama even while Hillary Clinton was still a viable candidate. These are the same people who (presumably) would be part of an Obama administration, and his nearly flawless campaign has shown that he knows how to run an effective organization. Tie that in with the clear respect for him abroad (something President Bush has never had) and the obvious history of his candidacy, and the case for Obama is quite compelling. Let's hope enough people understand that.

    July 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Alice in Florida

    Barry – a.k.a. Barack – the candidate who ch-ch-ch-ch-CHANGES his mind depending upon how the political winds blow

    Oh, YEAH – ch-ch-ch-ch-CHANGE we can believe in until tomorrow when Barack the Magic Negro ch-ch-ch-ch-CHANGES his mind (after vampire bat Jackie-wanna-be – AS IF! Michelle gave him a good-taliking to!!!!!!!!)

    How about a DAP, good bruthuhs and sustuhs??????? AMAZING how AA's are so SOLID around their Black idols yet still desert their chidren.............!!!!!!! O J be's cool with me, what ya talkin bout HO? I ain't the Daddy, ugly Black rhymes with "witch"

    July 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Susan Williams

    Gosh, so much hatred for this man. He must be doing something right. Have you ever noticed the Republicans don't build up their nominee as much as they like to tear down their opponents. We've got your back Obama.

    July 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. BlackJDPhD

    WOW! Texas Trail Dog at 10:27 today suggests that Obama give his speech at a zoo with others of his kind. Hmmmm. I wonder what he means by that. I'm sure glad racism is dead and gone in this campaign.

    July 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. therover

    texas trail dog for secretary of defense!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Jerry, Denver,CO

    We here in Denver support this idea 100%!! Invesco would be the perfect place to do it, 75,000 people all cheering, with the rocky mountains in the backdrop. Minneapolis can't come close to competing with a scene like that, it will completely over-shadow the GOP convention. GREAT IDEA!!!

    OBAMA '08!
    YES WE CAN!!!

    July 4, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. ny

    Is Pastor Wright (NObama's VP) going to be there? May be his congregation will fill up the stadium??

    July 4, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. xddy4u

    You nay sayers can blog all the idiotic comments you want. Obama is Da man. That's right go for the gusto Obama. I rather see fire works bursting over him, than see a burning cross some of you want to see him in front of. You KKK minded idiots.

    July 4, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    You're right Republican. There are a lot of hate comments like Alice from Florida calling Michelle Obama a big butt woman with a tan. It's really sad. I love my country and this whole dialog is just sad.

    Yes, Obama inspires me when I hear him speak, but I also believe in what he stands for – his position on the war, his health care policy proposals, his economic recovery proposals, his position on energy, his policies on education, and on caring for our Veterans. Positions that some will say are Clinton's policies (fine) but if you agreed with those policies, how can you now vote for McCain? Yes, McCain has more experience so yes we know what he will do...and we can't afford it.

    July 4, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. mitchell hussein martin

    obama would have been a great reciever for denver broncos.

    July 4, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Mike

    Jim – July 4th, 2008 10:37 am ET

    Oh no…they should have the speech in the room with those people responsible for his nomination....


    They're trying to fit as many of them in there as they can! Unfortunately, they can't squeeze all the people that voted for him PLUS the 3/4 of the former Hillary supporters that now say they will vote for him in there too.

    July 4, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Mike

    Is there no bounds to this man's ignorance and ego?

    July 4, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Jon

    DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT RUINNING OUR BELOVED SPORT OF FOOTBALL FOR POLLITICAL GAIN. As far as I'm concerned that kind of arrogance would be over the top. Get it?///

    July 4, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Mary in AL

    I would love to see him accept at the stadium. I hope it goes through!
    Obama 08

    July 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. publius

    You are all so extreme....what is wrong with you guys? Obama has the right temperament to be a leader. I am tired of unintelligent extremism. It is boring and dangerous to our nation.

    July 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Jerry, Denver,CO

    You bitter Hillary supporters are acting so pathetic! GET OVER IT! History will remember how you all acted in the face of defeat. Disrespectful and immaturely. Obama is the new leader of the Democratic party, please join us, just as we all joined Bill when he won the nomination in '92! This is serious business, not some high school fashion show. Our aim is to unite to defeat the McBush war machine, and to restore America'sstanding in the world. IT IS NOT ABOUT CLINTON OR OBAMA, WAKE UP!!!

    July 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Gaston

    Yes we Can!!!!!!!
    Lets be authentic & original regardless what the bigot right wing, Neo-cons/Republic-cons may think, we'll turn some of the prvious Bush red states into blue or purple (COLORADO,NM,MONTANA,MISSOURI,GEORGIA) and we also can share our spot with US Rep Bob Barr former Republican from Georgia & now the Libertarian candidate-lets help Bob Barr pull as many votes from McBush as possible.

    July 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Tucker

    It will be historic alright....a Muslim becomes president President of the United States of America. What is everyone thinking????

    July 4, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Richard

    *******NEWS FLASH*******

    McCain to accept his parties nomination in an outhouse. And there will still be room left over!!!!

    July 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Linda K.

    Don't think of this as showy and arrogant. Think of it as a chance to reach more people. Isn't that the point of a democracy?

    Minneapolis/St. Paul has a stadium too. Nothing is stopping the Republicans from pursuing something similar.

    We have suffered for seven long years under the near-dictatorship of an incompetent leader. Isn't it time to celebrate?

    July 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Clinton/McCain


    Obama is also hated by millions of Americans. lol

    July 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. PT

    We have freedom of speech, but this comes with responsibility. I am surprised that CNN could allow published comments by the so-called "Texas Trail Dog" . Perhaps they published it because the write is a DOG

    July 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Jim in FL

    Good idea. He can point to the moon when he promises it to all, and at least the hot air will vent better.

    July 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Lorna, NY

    Johnboy, don't you read? He has already won the presidental nomination for the democratic party. He is formally accepting the nomination at the convention. Scary that people who are so unitelligent are voting.

    July 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    OK all good, rational, folk out of Texas (yes all 10 of you), we're gonna sell it back to Mexico, it just ain't fitting in with our vision of a "New America". Bombs away, redneck scum!

    July 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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