July 7th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 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. Henry

    Oh brother, Just like JFK, what a copy cat.

    July 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. rick

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. ET from OMAHA

    Woo.... Woo.. That's what I'm talking about. .
    By the way, Mcsame make not mistake trying to do the same thing because you will be ashamed. Please stick to a town hall.
    Let's the rock party begin. It will be fun. How much is the ticket? I'm making reservation right now.

    July 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Me

    No offense to either party's convention as both parties move this nation forward but this is a nice way to move forward.

    July 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Molly

    It's historic! And I am so proud of my native Denver. What a highlight in our city's history. Yes We Can!!

    July 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. On_fiayah

    On our WAY! Let's GO AMERICA!

    Obama '08/12

    July 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Barney

    I hope he doesn't get rained on. It will be even more impressive when held up against McCain giving a speech in the ballroom of the Minneapolis airport Hilton, a few hundred yards away from the Larry Craig Memorial Bathroom Stall.

    July 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Deborah C

    Can you spell POMPOUS. As in pompous, and self-aggrandizing. Heaven help our country.

    July 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Didine - Maryland

    I am not surprised. We all love Senator Barack Obama and he drew so much crowd that he need to pick a huge place that will accomodate 75,000 seats or more. He is a rock star that everybody want to see. We love you Barack Obama!

    Obama '08/Sebelius

    July 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Andy J, NY

    Who cares? Obama is a socialist.

    And the deal in Oregon where "he drew a crowd of 75,000," well he spoke in between sets at a rock concert, as i understand it. He didn't draw all 75,000 people, but hes willing to lie to you and say he did, just so he can be viewed as "mr. popular," because he's banking on the Americans being idiots and voting for a "winner!"

    You mindless sheep. I wish there were more American-minded Americans- we have become a bunch of whiney, entitlement minded babies. Thanks, liberals.

    July 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Jarrett

    I'm sure it will be filled to capacity.

    July 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Paul Harris Jr.

    Simply Marvelous...

    July 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Sharon

    He has an ego problem. How many people will he bus in to fill the stadium. Let it rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Joe Bob

    Now, they're going to call Obama a flip-flopper for changing stadiums. Just wait.

    The McCain campaign is getting desperate...

    July 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. jfs Memhis, Tn

    YES WE CAN!!!!! GO Obama !!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. This is great

    I think a lot of people want to be there and witness this history in the making. Making his speech in a place where more people can hear is perfect. I would go myself if school didn't start on the 25th. I imagine this in going to be jammed packed.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Sean S

    WOW

    July 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Jimbo

    My wife became a US citizen this year and will be voting in her first presidential election in November. She is very excited that her first vote will help put this visionary in the White House.

    July 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Kris from AZ

    Thats what I am talking about. Obama is the poeples champ! Obama 2008!

    July 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. benvictor

    Is this the right road to the White House? Seems pretentious; in your face aproach. I would like to see John McCain counter with a sincere, more humble acceptance speech. I think the road to the White House that I suggest for John is in keeping with the simplicity and humility of our founding fathers and the founding of our Nation. Americans proudly identify with the simplicity and humility of that time. To make it into some big media event is simply to turn everything good on its head.

    July 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Dana Point, CA

    I have to read "Dreams of My Father" by the end of this month. We're having a book club meeting. I think it's a wonderful way of getting to know him better.

    Thanks for moving the venue to the stadium–that should be awesome.

    July 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Griff

    Denomination, Obamanation, to run for CIC????

    July 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Dem with a Brain

    Yes, it's true that Obama has the ability to attract a lot of attention, and it's also true that about 72,000 people were in Portland, Oregon on the day of his rallying speech. Don't forget that the Decemberists- a popular band that rarely gives live performances- was playing FOR FREE in Portland that day... Also, CNN should not omit that it was the first beautiful day of spring in Portland this year and not all of those 72,000 were there to watch/support Obama: Many were there enjoying the day, and the great live (free) music!

    That being said- Lets get a D back in the White House!

    July 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. HOUSTON TEXAS

    NOW THAT SHOULD BE SOMETHING TO SEE

    July 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. TESAP

    He is the only candidate that can fill a place of this size.....

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE..................... :)

    July 7, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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