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)
I am a Republican Obama supporter.....excellent
If Senator Obama puts another 90% of likeminded folks into the ballot booth, he'll take Colorado.
Especially since he really covered much of the state in the primary whereas Senator McCain came in a dismal second on the Republican side. Heck, even Senator Clinton took more votes tham Romney who won the Rep side of the primary.
Richard Greene continues to perpetuate the driveby media obsession with "Barry." For those brainwashed by the liberal media, Barry was the name Obama used as a child in Indonesia.
Let's get it straight once and for all, the free event in Portland was a rock concert by a very popular local group called the Decembrists. The crowd was not there specifically for Obama but to see and hear the band.
CNN and Mr. Greene, stop misleading the people of this great nation with your misinformation about "Barry."
This is awesome!! Just awesome!!!
Hey, when you got it, you got!
The people are speaking loud and clear. WE WANT CHANGE.
Bronco Country–sign me up.
Good job guys on getting the event moved to Mile high. This will be Epic seeing 75K seats filled while McCain will be lucky to have 20K filled.
The larger the audience, all the better. This man is such an inspiration, just what our country, the nation and the world needs at this time!
The only other person who has inspired me since I reached voting age, was Robert Kennedy and before that, as a little kid, seeing the excitement that his brother John F. Kennedy ignited in my parents and their generation!
One man cannot resolve all the ills that we are dealing with, but he can and I feel certain inspire each of us as citizens of this country to do our part to make it a better place!
Yes we can, and YES we will!
Barack will be a great president. We don't John McSame old thing–we want a new direction, a new America.
His arrogance is sickening.
ROCK, OBAMA , A NATION ON THE MOVE TOWARDS THE FUTURE... AWESOME....
I might have to make the drive from Minnesota to witness such an historical event. Obama '08
Barack's campaign has inspired me to write in my vote for Senator Clinton.
I am not giving my vote to him.
Interesting choice, and completely irrelevant. I've voted democrat in most presidential elections – never voted for a Bush, but I'm having trouble with Obama right now on substantive issues like his change on FISA and I'm waiting to hear what his new position will be on Iraq after he visits. I hope he doesn't lose his grasp on reality while there and become a McCain "All's well, ends justify the means" kind of leader.
Meanwhile the change that's being reported on is this claptrap. *sigh* Might be time to look somewhere else to get my news. Maybe Comedy Central. They have 2 programs with better reporting than this.
Hope they don't offer free Kool-aid. :)
You better believe I'll be there. Democrats need to rally behind Obama if we want to take back the white house.
And for the record, these 'PUMA' people, are really just neocons in disguise. No Democrat would ever be that misguided – they'd throw the election away just because they backed the wrong horse. It makes me ANGRY.
As long as the Broncos do not have a Night Exhibition Game that night, than its cool.
I wish you nice weather that historic day, Mr. President!
I think this is ridiculuous. It is not a rock star contest. And what about if he does not get the nomination. It is snub to all delegates who will be sitting in Denver. There is no way I am voting for this kind of a politician.
To show the world that as country we have more participation in the political process than ever before. The sight of this candidate to change the world will be clear. I wonder how bright the green background will be for the ther side. It's time to turn the page on Bush/McCain policies that has created a society of haves and have nots. It's time for fairness in this country and less division.
This will be the coolest thing since Elway's retirement!
im sure there will be much said about his ego
Its just practical tho – so many people would want to go
the dude just works so well on that level. Take the 2004 speech at the convention for kerry.
So, those who take issue with his ego, take issue with that fact that 75 000 people will likely be happy to listen to him.
Minorities’ and women should never hold a position of authority over a white man, these are not just my beliefs but the principles this nation was founded on. This is the way God intended it to be, that is why this is in the fix that it is now in.
McCain is the only candidate that can begin to restore order to this great nation of ours.