July 7th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama picks 75,000-seat stadium for convention speech

Obama will accept his party's nomination at Invesco field, home of the Denver Broncos.

Obama will accept his party's nomination at Invesco field, home of the Denver Broncos.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama will give his main speech of the Democratic National Convention at a 75,000-seat stadium rather than the 20,000-seat hall where the convention is taking place, convention organizers announced Monday.

Obama will accept the Democratic nomination for president at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High on August 28.

The move is likely to put him in front of a much larger audience than normal for a political speech, even for a presidential nominee.

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Monday he did not know how much the move would add to the cost of the convention. Anita Dunn, a senior advisor to the Obama campaign, said Obama would help with fund-raising for the event.

Dean on Sunday rejected a newspaper report that the convention was over budget and facing "upwardly spiraling costs."

He issued a statement in which he said "that is false" five times in response to five claims in a New York Times article about convention planning, and he insisted again on Monday that convention planning is on track.

The party officially started preparing on Monday for the Pepsi Center to host the event, which runs August 25-28.

Convention organizers portrayed the move to Invesco Field as a reflection of Obama's success at encouraging people to vote for the first time.

"Barack Obama's campaign for change has inspired millions of Americans and brought people into the political process who might never have been involved," said the convention's co-chair, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. "This change in the convention program will allow thousands of first-time participants a chance to take part."

Obama's largest event to date was in Portland, Oregon, in May, where he drew a crowd of approximately 75,000. He has done at least one previous stadium event, a joint appearance with talk show host Oprah Winfrey at Williams-Brice Stadium in South Carolina that drew about 29,000 people.

John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1960 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, a 92,500-seat stadium in which an estimated 80,000 people gathered for his speech.

(Updated Monday afternoon with additional information)

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soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. USAF Staff Sergeant


    Reading directly from the Republican nonsense sheet.

    Stop bringing up the same OLD minor things time and time again.

    July 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. american in canada

    i want to go!!! OBAMA, BARACKs my world

    July 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. McCain is still Running?

    The Band was the Decemberists not Springsteen, might want to drop that argument that Obama couldn't draw that many people in Portland Oregon, does not get any farther left than this city which is fine for me. Crowd would have been bigger but there is not a suitable space in the whole metro.

    July 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Gina - Lancaster, PA


    Thanks for your insight. Don't vote for him, then.

    I still am.

    July 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. NC Man

    Only thing bigger then his head and ears is his EGO!

    July 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Richardson for V.P

    What an amazing night this will be. I'm sure the entire world will be.

    obama 08-forever

    July 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. american in canada

    he needs a place that holds millions of people.... we all want to see him.

    July 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Cindy

    Wow, his ego really does know no bounds.

    July 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Obama has millions of supporters!

    This move is to allow as many as possible to be there when the nomination becomes final, that's all. Unlike McCain, who need only go to the nearest school cafeteria to hold an important event because he gets very little support, Obama has millions and millions of supporters who want to share their joy when another step in the march to get rid of the BUSH REGIME occurs.

    I think I'll go donate another $25 to help make this a better event! YES, we can and yes, I will. And so will millions of ordinary people who are hungry for change. Come'on, let's go.... say it with me... NO BUSH THIRD TERM!

    D. Casey | Obama donator & supporter, currently in California but moving to Missouri to organize a campaign for Obama there.

    July 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. strong


    Just a bigger horse & pony show.

    July 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Jake

    Big deal, just means more people are being hoodwinked. When he talks he sounds like a preacher. Next thing you know he will be healing people of everything with his hand out!

    July 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. T GUY


    July 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Charles Hardeman

    Kathleen sebelius SUCKS. i love how media idiots think shes some kind of substitute for hillary. what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    good venue for the speech though. hope hillary's alongside him, unless he wants to insult a lot of people.

    July 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. V

    He is such a show off. I am liking him less everyday.

    July 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Aaron Williams

    It is disgusting how much money the media moguls and the Corporations make off of the office of President. We wonder why we live in a Oligarchy. When Lincoln ran for president, he wrote a ten page speech that explained his positions and anybody who wanted a copy could get one. Now it's all flash in the pan. The common man has no say anymore, it's been proven by blackbox voting that the last two Presidential elections have been rigged with these electronic voting machines. When are we going to wake up. If they can't win our vote, they"ll steal it. The two party system is bought and paid for. Protect and cherish the Republic or lose it forever.

    July 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Belle2

    Obama survives on mob mentality. His fans never think logically about anything; they just grab the current mantra and spew hatred and animosity toward the opponent. The only difference in Obama's mob and mobs of the past is their use of the internet to attract members from different regions of the country. As the mobs of young in the 60s who wore flowers in the hair, smoked pot, and lived in communes to show their distrust and condemnation of the establishment, they still do not think for themselves. Instead, they allow the mob to reign. We can only be grateful that they have not, yet, physically harmed those whom they fear and condemn.

    July 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Southern view

    Why doesn't he hold it in Red Square and a military parade too. Obama is out-of-control. His cult following worships him. But the real danger is that he worships himself.

    July 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Richard, FL

    All the Republicans are trying to downplay Barrack Obama drawing 75,000 to the convention, but each one of them are likely saying to themselves: how many could "Bomb bomb bomb Iran" get?

    July 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. skinny dog

    the larger crowds he drew, the greater margin he loses – the primaries have have shown. Phony to his bones.

    July 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. peter

    the speech I am so looking forward to however is Obama in his inaugural speech in January .

    AND so what if his last appearance was a rock concert? If it were McCain you right wing neos would be all over it giving props, but as it stands McCain is out of touch with mainstream America and would not have such a foresight to show up at such an event to send his message to thousands at a time. McCain is also allied with a president that hates America so who really cares what you GOP say anyway

    July 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Cliff

    Matt hit it on the bullseye!!! Arrogant, shallow, fake, someone's tool, shall I go on?

    July 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. A Dub

    I understand what they are trying to do by letting many more have access. Obama is serious when he talks change...nothing is off the table huh? I for one am willing to give him a shot.

    A Dub

    July 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Mike D, Fort Collins, CO

    It blows my mind that anyone would call Obama a flip-flopper when he is running against John McCain of all people. McCain in May of this year said he was against offshore drilling and now he is for it. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, but people need to realize that is how politics are played. Bush is the anti-flip-flopper and look at what a tremendous job he's done.

    July 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. tony

    egomaniac, demi-god all bow to the mighty Obama

    July 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. steinway

    What an ego!

    July 7, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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