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. Paula Hussein Mack

    I pray security is tripled.. it bothers me that he will be so vulnerable. I pray he will be safe and what a thrilling day it will be!! Maybe he could borrow the Pope mobile?? God Bless his heart for wanting more people in on the historic moment!!

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Lorna, NY

    I cannot wait.

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. JERRAL

    THANK YOU MR OBAMA
    we can expect this of you, always thinking of the people. how nice so many can take part of history thanks to you. we are so proud of you and god bless you and your beautiful family and america.

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Change is coming !

    Now thats MEGA !!!

    Obama 08/12

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Karl Rove, Crawford Texas

    cool

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Henry n New York

    A change is in the air.............................YES WE CAN

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. CATHY

    Is he a politician or rock star?What an ego he has.Does he honestly think that high of himself?Thank GOD i'm going to be out of the Country and i won't be seeing this propiganda.

    July 7, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Florida Voter

    That's Great! I just hope the weather holds up. I hope the staduim overflows with voters. The more the merrier!

    You Go Barack!

    July 7, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. TIMBO

    You know what they say about men with big cars.

    Is Obama's huge ego somehow meant to compensate for his small........ record of achievement?

    July 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. John from LA

    Absolutely Silly-This is a Dem convention speech-not an Obama rally-what an arrogant fool!!!-Will someone please pull him aside and have him check his EGO at the convention door!!!

    An Indep. voter

    July 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. joel

    Eat your heart out Sting!

    July 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    CNN...THERE YOU GO AGAIN.

    OBAMA did not personally ask for his speech to be moved, the DNC made that call. Stop trying to infuriate people. Just get over it CNN...OBAMA IS THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE!!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Aaron Williams

    It is disgusting how much money the media moguls 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 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 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. theprogressivebigot

    Funny how CNN desires to leave out the fact that those 75,000 that turned out for his last appearance had actually paid to see a rock concert, no...., not the progressive rock star formally known as Barack Hussien Obama, but a real band playing real music..

    July 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Robert

    Is this man's ego out there or what? He must not be elected or he will be expecting us all to call him 'your majesty". Get smart people.

    July 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Andres

    Obama = the people's champ!

    Obama '08

    July 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Paul

    Meanwhile McCain can't muster up enough supporters to fill an Olive Garden despite the lure of free breadsticks.

    July 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. John McCain

    I'll be there!

    July 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. therealist

    The only change I see Obama championing is the change in his once far left liberal message...

    July 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. BROOKLYN

    Is this real?
    Not a joke?

    So, we all believed that there would be "no more politics as usual" and we supported this guy... Now, they are spending MILLIONS of dollars to give a "speech" about a nomination that we already know he has?

    He could have won over ALL the people if he stuck to his WORD and said give the money to areas of out Government that needs it... WE DO NOT NEED AN EXPENSIVE PARTY... I am sickened by this and disappointed that Senator Obama has OUTRIGHT lied to us all...

    Nothing will "change"... He is a greedy politician and the spotlight has gone to his head...

    He lost my vote and I am turning to the Independent Party.

    This is sick...

    July 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Hillary Democrat

    I wonder if Senator Obama will tap Gov. Sebelius as his VP..that would be a fair compromise for Senator Clinton

    Obama/Clinton 08!

    OR

    Obama/ Sebelius 08!!

    July 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I have to agree with the portrayal that the convention organizers have provided. This venue should adequately seat the humongous crowd that the Democratic National Convention will draw this year.
    There will probably be more than 75,000 people in attendance which I hope will lead to a tailgating extravaganza with alot of food and good will towards man.
    I would really like to go. I would like to see Obama in person.
    I want to see everybody FIRED UP! & READY TO GO!
    aRE YOU READY?

    DEMOCRATS ,08 AND FOREVER!

    July 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Kevin

    All I can say is WIOW!! That place will be rockin!!

    July 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. AT

    This is amazing! I am ready to go anywhere the nomination is! My relatives that marched in Washington in 1963 will be there also. I cannot wait to witness this historic event. What a time for our Country to celebrate. My 98 year old aunt is packed and ready to go now!!! People from every walk will be there. The Dream of Dr. King will be manifest 45 anniversary of this wondeful day. The stadium will be filled to capacity. There will be thousands in the overflow! Many people are ready for change! May God bless America!
    Obama 08/12

    July 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Myst

    um....this IS a priority? NOBAMA.

    July 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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