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)


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. Dan in Chicago

    What an ego that man has.

    July 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Heidi

    THANK YOU....MAKING RESERVATION TO BE THERE.

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 08'

    July 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Amused, Las Vegas

    With all the problems with funding that the Democratic National Convention is going through, is this expensive ego boost really necessary?

    Is the Denver Convention planning committee the next group Obama will throw under the bus?

    July 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. al

    *************************************

    MCCAIN'S HAVING HIS IN A TOWNHALL.

    July 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. a former Democrat now independent

    I hope it doesn't rain.

    July 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Domera

    Cheers to our next President, Obama '08.

    July 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Bob

    McCain is doomed

    July 7, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Hillary supporter now for McCain

    my, my, don't we think highly of ourselves.

    I understand the DNC is approx $6,000 over budget so far.

    Imagine this for a weak, inexperienced candidate!

    July 7, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Dem for McCain

    Another stunt/PR move for a kid with three weeks of Senate experience and not much else.

    I can't believe I'm actually going to vote Republican this Fall.

    Thanks, Howard, Nancy, Ted, John, et al.

    First you bring us Dubya, now President John McCain.

    Oh well, maybe 2012 will be Gore's year. Finally.

    July 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Q Glenn

    Only makes sense, give more people an opportunity to attend.

    July 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. ChrisD

    This guys ego needs to be knocked down a notch, soon!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Marilyn

    What an egomaniac this guy is!

    July 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. chuck hasker

    His campaign staff is worried about rain the day of his speech. Not to worry Obama will just have to walk on water to get to the podium. Then there will be no doubt that he is the Messiah because a lofty speach and a large crowd do not make a man of little accomplishments.

    July 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    Yes we can!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Bibek

    This is magnificent!

    I wish i could attend the event.

    Obama '08

    July 7, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Note to Felly

    I think it's great that the DNC is doing this; I'm not an Obama or McCain supporter, but I respect democracy.

    What I don't respect is poor journalism. The statement, "Obama's largest event to date was in Portland, Oregon, in May, where he drew a crowd of approximately 75,000." is false; Obama piggie-backed on a free concert thus making it the band's concert and not HIS event. So to correct, Obama's largest event to date was with talk show host Oprah Winfrey at Williams-Brice Stadium in South Carolina that drew about 29,000 people.

    July 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Betty

    The man is sick and so stuck on himself that he is a laughing stock. I can not believe he may be the President. I can't believe that the American people would be so taken in by him. It is really a very sad thing, and America will pay dearly if he is elected.

    July 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. rich

    I need to reserve me a seat. This should be good.

    July 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. EGO

    BOTTOM LINE IS WHO WILL SHOW UP AT THE POLLS. THIS MAN IS NOT TALKING TO ME. HE IS TALKING TO THE CROWD. ANYONE CAN BE IN THAT CROWD. WE WILL SEE ALL THE BUSES FROM THE CAROLINAS, MISSISSIPPI, GIORGIA, ALABAMA ETC ETC. HALLELUJA!!!11

    July 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. johnny d

    Pride goeth before destruction, he needs to humble himself.

    July 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. johnny d

    That man think heis God, but he needs to know that God will humble him.

    July 7, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. CD

    So where are all the haters? Here they come 1..2...3.. GO!

    Obama 2008!

    A question for PUMA. The same process was used in 2000 by democrats for electing a nominee AL-GORE, the same process was used to elect John Kerry and there was no screams of a flawed process. Now the same process was used by Clinton and Obama (this process was designed by hench men of the Clinton Machine), and you guys throw a fit because Obama won and called the whole process wrong? You all must be crazy!

    July 7, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Election Watcher

    Glad he picked a stadium so there's enough room for his swelled head.

    July 7, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Staghelm-Horde

    I find it comical that Obama has gone from die-hard Liberal to Moderate overnight and probably will go further towards conservative in the next few months to try gaining more favor with white voters. Then he'll probably go back to die-hard Liberal then back to moderate all before November lol.. this guy is funny. His whole platform of "CHANGE" is a sham. He's just as big of a flip flopping liar as Kerry was, or Obama's a sell-out. One or the other.

    July 7, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Tarrie NY

    Good move! Party conventions should not be limited to delegates, party officials, elder, leaders and high-paying donors.

    July 7, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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