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)

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. John G

    There is a typo in the article. The reference to Obama's campaign for change should say campaign OF change since he changes his stance on at least one major issue every few days.

    This guy has one heck of an ego, his handlers should try to keep that in check.

    July 7, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. ERICA, Ohio


    July 7, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Peter S. Lopez

    I pray Obama becomes out next President and helps to heal the sick soul of this nation and brings us together as one in unity with all peoples of Earth.

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. demwit

    Another free concert! Do we get free drugs and booze this time too!?

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Brian


    The items you brought up are "peanuts" compared to the problems this country is facing, Are you supposing e shall take McCain to continue the failed policies that are ruining this country and with all his faults (Keating 5, etc...)


    "Who will pay for this?"

    It's called donors Lynn. Unlike McCain who will be using our Tax dollars!

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Rice

    If I could secure a flight, despite the increasing fuel and airline cost, I would so be there. I may still do. This is more than historic, it is imperative. I'd rather stand on the outs of a stadium than the outs of reality like Repugs and Bitter Billary supporters. It's not about me, the Clintons or the size of the venue, it is about the future of America. Please peeps. I was not here for the last 2 elections or 911, so I am only learning hoe Americans were led by fear to vote Bush twice. It is not only in our domestic interest to prove that we are as not as dumb as the MSM and the repugs believe, but most certainly in our international interest to go Bo. Please prove to me and the world that we are not as gullible as the rest of the world thinks we are and as the trolls like us to believe. It's now or never, save for a Kevin Costner water World America.

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. peter

    dear Richard, Wall Street yeah you are the only one seeing it.....think about that for a while.

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. carolflowery

    hope you all enjoy the bus rides in, wish you all well, and next stop

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Ron

    Just another gimmick for the emty suit. He can to the talk, not the walk. He is a puppet of Daley and the moveon.org group. Not an original thought from his own mind........

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    What a bunch of sour grapes...if McCain could fill a venue that large, you can be sure he would be renting one!!

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. K in CT

    Big deal ! Big mouth big stadium!
    It's not how many people you can yak to that counts it more what you say that YOU REALLY MEAN. Convincing people you are really truthful and will work to help them is what counts. I don't think OB is the man to do this. We really need a WOMAN to straighten out the mess that having MEN run our country for over 200 years has created. My vote is going the other way.

    July 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Concerned Voter

    Arrogance is truely shameless. How anyone can be fooled by him is beyond me. We need a president that will work for all citizens. We do not need a diva.

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. CW4Barak

    Hooray for Obama.....more power to you my president. GOD's blessings to you, your family and staff.

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. paul

    THis is a huge photo OP that his team is taking advantage of with the larger stadium. I commend him on winning the nomination but the ego of the people around him and possibly his own still has me wondering whether or not he is the man for the job or is he the democrats version of GW BUSH.

    He may win but will we lose? Bush had as much experience and plenty of talent next to him to advice but they advice a weak man and allowed our country to go down the tubes!

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. K of TX

    See you there!

    Obama '08

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Another Good Move From Obama! He Will Need The Extra Space! Mccain Could Never Bring A Crowd That Large!

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. really? come on

    I think some are confusing a history making, exciting and inspriring politcal movement for arrogance. Too bad.

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Don

    i'm more concerned about his back and forth on important decision issues like iraq. He needs some seasoning or better yet honesty and consistency.

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

    What a Joke!

    I can't wait for this Ego Maniac to go down!

    McCain 08

    July 7, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Michael-NYC

    Yeah let's just change EVERYTHING about the convention. better yet let's not even HAVE ONE. let's just MAKE obama the prez.

    I swear, this man and his ego!!

    July 7, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Truth Squad..?

    arrogent this, ego that... you people just don't like the fact that a black man is going to be the next president, get over yourselves, he is 10000 times a better choice than McSame will ever dream of being. He only wants to let those who want a chance to be involved be involved, which is something new. Republicans want you to stay home, they don't want you involved in their politics unless your name is Exxon or KBR..... Obama is for the people, Mcsame is for Big business and the top 3%, MOSTof YOU are not rich and will never be under the republicans..

    July 7, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Kathleen Kenney

    The 7.5 devastating years of the George Bush administration resulted in the energy of the voters in the democratic nomination.
    The race between Obama and Clinton was extremely close. Does this not prove the point?

    July 7, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Butch from IL

    "Finally a President with vision, intelligence and leadership. "

    What could you possibly base that profound statement on?

    July 7, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. LOLRET

    Hitler was a good speaker too LOL.. see what I did there?

    July 7, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. demwit

    I hear J.J the Jet Plane is flying in Bob the Builder to play his "Yes we can" theme song for Obama's opener. Other acts include Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and the Sesame Street band. Fun for all the kids..

    A history making acceptance speech!!

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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