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. SJ

    That is awesome! Wish I could be there to witness history!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Daniel in Chicago

    You know, I think it's funny how this man, who has nothing to show other than his educational credentials, some books, and his "great" speeches, has been given Rockstar status... Hitler had "Rockstar" status!

    Everyone who voted for him kept telling me, you can't get any worse than George Bush(I NEVER voted for him!!...)... but you really can!!

    July 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. sylvia

    I think I am going to go VOMIT!

    July 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    NO QUESTION ABOUT IT--OBAMA WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

    BOMB BOMB McCAIN WILL BE HISTORY.

    July 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. larry mn

    Good, the more people he can draw the more to be dissappointed. This guy is on a magic carpet ride, kind of reminds of that idiot Kerry. Obama does seem to draw the loosers, furst Hillary now Johnny boy. I guess that pretty much sums up his followers as well.

    July 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Jeff

    Obama loves to grandstand. The only problem is that his ideas don't fit his ego. I have been a democrat for 30 years and will not be supporting this con man in the fall. This will be the first election cycle that I have not voted. I am saddened that my party has chosen this do-nothing, know-nothing, egocentric, arrogant person for our nominee. Obama is much like G.W. Bush, all rhetoric and swagger, no substance.

    July 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Tyler from CO

    Its an honor for Senator Obama to pick the Home of the Denver Broncos for his acceptance speech. Perhaps the team could carry him onto the stage....

    July 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Obamamania

    Bigger isn't always better.

    July 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. TL

    hey, as long as he fills the seats...which I think will definitely happen...go ahead.

    July 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. May - Arizona

    Way to go – Barack the Convention!!!

    This is a contest between Old vs New; Old vs Change!

    July 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Larry

    Why don't we have folks march around with torches as well? Then we can have a great Nuremberg re-enactment! Kool-aid anyone?

    July 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. David in Chicago

    If I could afford it, I'd be there myself! I love Colorado too. Lived in Colorado Springs.

    July 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Rick

    This idiot just can't get enough of himself. What a loser. Every four years the dems send out the latest "savior" only to find out what clowns they actually are.

    July 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. TEXAN

    WOW..this is fantastic !!!!! This is sign of things to come for all Americans and our country. BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS !!!!!!!
    GO OBAMA...you are our next President !

    July 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Jeanne

    Lord, I hope this will *finally* be the wake-up call the Obamaniacs need! Do you get it yet? Are you starting to see who this man really is? He thinks he's a rock star – and it's all thanks to your blind adoration and willingness to completely ignore his history and behavior! A convention speech in a football stadium? Unbelievable!

    If you're still riding the Obama train, please, for the love of all that is good in this universe, do some REAL research! (And – DUH! – reading his book, visiting his website, and listening to his prepared speeches is not research – it's falling victim to propaganda! Grow a brain, get a clue, and learn to think for yourself before it's too late for all of us.)

    Obama '08 – The Sheeple's Choice!

    July 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Twinkie

    I wish I could be there in person. History in the making. It's also a wonderful way to include the public in the convention instead of just delegates and party insiders. Now everyone can participate in this event!

    Great Idea, Big Thinking!!!!!! Sen. Obama will make a wonderful president!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama '08
    Democrats '08

    July 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. TL

    hey, as long as he fills the seats...which I think will definitely happen...go ahead. It should be a good show of strength.

    July 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Charles W. Skinner

    This is a masterful political move in terms of getting people involved and generating buzz. Being able to advertise and invite another 50 thousand people beyond the conventioners to the acceptance speech will create a lot of incentive to attend and be something of the political process.

    Now the question will be: will enough people actually show up to fill the stadium? Because the major thing that could go wrong with this plan is if he gives the speech in the stadium and it's only half full. That would be painfully bad for the campaign's image.

    July 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Alice in Florida

    Guess he needs the extra space for his HUGE ego. Hopefully, he'll be knocked back to earth in November.

    PUMA PAC

    July 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Excellent Barack! Way to go! Get in touch with more people and let them hear your message of hope and determination!
    McCain has nowhere NEAR the power to draw large crowds like this and cannot compete and that is why he will lose in November.
    Now watch all the idiot Anti-Obama Repugnicans and the retards that parrot the same "empty suit, no substance, no experience" crap come in here and start up.

    Obama/Sebelius '08!

    July 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    "WE WILL, WE WILL ROCK YOU!"

    July 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. scott

    What happens if it rains???

    July 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Antoine

    You know a lot of people will be there. This is history in the making so picking a huge venue is not a sign of ego. Obama wants everybody who wants to see him to have a chance.

    July 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. suze

    It appears that Obama's ego exceeds his experience.

    July 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Sacto Joe

    Now that's showmanship! What a leader he will be!

    July 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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