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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (288 Responses)
  1. Jon

    He can't get a big crowd on his own so he has to use the football venue to show people not supporters. As in Portland ,Or during the primaries, the MSM show the largest ever croud for BHO. Truth be known, HE WAS AT A FREE CONCERT, get it??????

    July 4, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Clinton/McCain

    Proud Americans,

    Obama did not crack the 75,000 mark. What the media didn't tell you was that the large crowd in Oregon was there to see a free rock concert, NOT Obama.

    July 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Mattie

    Go Obama Go!! It should be as many NFL stadiums as possible to show the Republicans that America is ready to go into a different direction. A more positive direction, no matter what they say or do!!

    July 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. NickNas

    LOL That won't be Big enough! The Flood of people who want change from the GOP Crime syndicate is much bigger than that.

    That is why the GOP is going to to ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING they can do to keep power. Watch Obamas back Secret service and the FBI had Better be on the lookout for a "terrorist" attack.

    July 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |

    The only thing historical will be how bizzare this race has been and how quickly OBAMA will fall once McCain and his team wakes up and STOP BEING AFRAID OF OBAMA AND HIS SUPPORTERS PULLING THE RACE CARD!! This guy's CHANGE includes changing every word he says – every commitment he makes and hiding from his past by pulling the RACE CARD! PEOPLE GET OVER IT!!
    He talks about religion but NEVER mentions the ONLY church he went to – a BLACK POWER CHURCH! 20 years supporting anti-American and Anti-white propaganda. UNACCEPTABLE!

    July 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. mobee

    Alice in Florida July 4th, 2008 12:00 pm ET

    This post is EXACTLY why I will be donating $200 a week to the Obama campaign.

    July 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Terry, NJ

    I bet they'll be giving out so much free Koolaid all the Koolaidholics packin that place will get diabetes over night. Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.

    July 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Mama4Obama

    Alice in Florida,

    You are so ignorant! You racist white woman! Let it go boo! Move if you don't like the "President Obama" sound 'cuz I got news for you...It's in the works darling! LIke I said before, I hear Canada is very nice!

    ***And to the people hollering that they've never been afraid of what the future holds if a certain nominee is elected, people you must have been sleep the last * 8 YEARS*. Look at the economy now, it's in shambles...everytime a republican is in office, this happens and a Democrat has to clean it up. I know you can't be that stupid. Ya'll scare me..

    Obama '08 & '12 – Bank on it!

    July 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Andrew

    Keep with all the name calling, history will be made, the wheel of the universe bends towards justice. And this the right thing to do Obama, do it, the statu quo is fighting hard, they are pushing back, they are trying to stick a name on you, just be careful Sen Obama, don't screw this one up. Bring the convention even to a 120,000 seats it will be filled, but the work is ahead of us. All of you haters will not stop progress and Happy 4th of July

    July 4, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Voote Obama or look SILLY!

    Seriously, my 5 year old nephew realizes that a leader like Obama comes around only once every 50 years, so what the hell is wrong with those of you don't get it? I'm surprised you're even smart enough to be able to use your computers. When he wins, you will all look just as stupid as the people who didn't vote for Kennedy, oh, and you'll be just as forgettable as well. Pathetic losers who are trying to block America's advancement. God bless Barack Obama!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    July 4, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. jm

    ...and John Mccain will be giving his at a Furrs cafateria.

    July 4, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. mike obama

    Texas Trail Dog, Anything you utter bad about Obama you will be called a racist. The gullible youth even called former President Bill Clinton a racist, which in fact he is not. Obama will win this race by placing a race card or it may backfire. Americans are not ready yet for a woman to be their president, maybe they are not ready yet for a black man (anchor baby) to be their president.

    July 4, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Down with Obama

    Obama is the racist and the one that has divided the democrats.
    He will never win in November and it has nothing to do with his two colors...it has to do with his judgements and his two faces!!!!!!!!!!1

    July 4, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Daniel

    Sounds good to me 🙂

    I would really like to be there. I hope he choose Hillary for his VP!!!

    July 4, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    > Obama did not crack the 75,000 mark. What the media didn't tell you
    > was that the large crowd in Oregon was there to see a free rock
    > concert, NOT Obama.

    And how much have you donated to help Hillary pay off her debt? Yeah, that's what I thought.. another stinking Republican mole. You guys are like little insects. Go away before we break out the Dcon.

    July 4, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Linda Cralle for Obama

    OMG! Does CNN even read these blogs before posting? There has to be more intelligent people writing out there than what you are posting. Its like reading high school year books. Please post only intelligent writings whether for or against (maybe they don't exist) the candidate.

    July 4, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Judy

    How about in his old Chicago ward? Now that would be great. It is place where he can spotlight his successes.

    Maybe, he could have all of his Chicago political machine buddies there – including Ayers, Wright, Rezko (they might let him out of jail for the day), Pfleger would definitely be on the invite list, Farrakan, Black Panters, all of the recipients of grant monies to privitie the housing developments in Chicago.

    I think it is a winner – lets move it into the housing development that he has so supported in his career. The developments and individuals that he has taken good care of, and made sure that there was change in their lives.

    Let's stand united to make sure that this change for his speech actually takes place – it will show America what he is all about – and his sincerity for helping the American people

    July 4, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Sue

    That will be awesome to hear the cheers for Obama when the stadium is filled!!! I would love to be there too!

    July 4, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Not sleeping at the switch

    WOW the Racist messages here are the most you can find on ANY MSM web-Blog. Why is that CNN?

    On this one alone I see ZOO, Hitler all sorts of things that most respectable news organizations have filters for. Since you Moderators have to proof read all of these and ALLOW them to be published CNN Must APPROVE of their nature.

    That is why I come her once or twice a week now instead of 30 times a day like I used to.

    July 4, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Down with Obama

    Jerry, Denver,CO, How much Kool-aid did you drink???

    July 4, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. GOBAMA!

    Oh heck–do you think that spirited Obama fans care about the weather? Do it–we WILL come!

    July 4, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. GOP is in Decline

    I love how the Republicans are envious that there is so much excitement in the Democratic party...The Republicans are having do much trouble to get volunteers at their own convention, while there is a waiting list for volunteers at the Democratic Convention

    July 4, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Mungen_Cakes

    The Portland event was no free concert, Jon. I was in line with my daughter 2 miles from the entrance and no one around me had any idea that The Decembrists were going to play. We were all there to see Obama prior to the Oregon primary election.

    July 4, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Sue

    To puma pac people – I have seen better tempertantrums from a 2 year old. I am appalled and disgusted to hear that a so-called democrate could vote republican.

    July 4, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. IT's TOUGH BB IN Ameriaca!


    YOU just might have a point ........animals are not as low as you are ....
    maybe That is -Y-you call yourself TRAIL DOG ......but you MY FRIEND are lower than a DOG.........Now here is a BONE....roll over, stand on your 2 legs and go RUFF RUFF.....THAT's a GOOD BOY !!!

    Obama 08-2012

    July 4, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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