August 8th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Tickets for Obama's convention speech sold out

Obama will accept his party's nomination at Invesco field.
Obama will accept his party's nomination at Invesco field.

(CNN)– Tickets for Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech at the Invesco Field in Denver sold out within 24 hours, according to campaign officials.

In early July, convention organizers announced the Illinois senator would officially accept the Democratic nomination at the 75,000 seat stadium rather than a 20,000 seat hall.

According to the Colorado Campaign for Change, the application process closed Thursday afternoon after more than 60,000 seats were snatched up.

Due to unprecedented demand, the campaign has created a waitlist for Coloradans hoping to get a chance to attend the August 28 event.

Obama's largest event to date was in Portland, Oregon, in May, where he drew an estimated 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.

soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Are You Kidding Me?

    What do you mean sold out, I'm still waiting for them to get back to me.

    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.

    August 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    Of course it is, people believe in Obama whereas the repuglicans will probably have to give away tics. hahaaha. But some morons will say this makes him arrogant in 3...2...1...

    August 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Debby

    Its funny how Obama speech's sell out but yet he can't do the same with his poll numbers. I wonder how many bands are scheduled that day. LOL

    August 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Trish Hussein - PA

    I wish I could go!

    August 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Naomi, Texas

    Show em' Barry!

    August 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Franky

    You know, I say we have a football game going on. On one side you have Hillary's peeps and on the other side, you have us. And by the way Hillary's peeps, you're gonna need more than 60,000 that I can tell you, LOL!!!

    August 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Go Obama. God bless you and may God bless America.

    August 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Proud American

    We're putting America back where it belongs "Tall & Proud"!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. P, CA

    About the new McCain ad: the people McCain's pandering to DON'T CARE that he's lying. If you want to live in a dreamland where the status quo is helping, we always win the war (just like we won vietnam, right?), and you can be subtly racist and claim it's something else... why then, what's a few lies?? If you hand blind people with no taste a plate of crap and tell them that it's chocolate, how will they know?

    Look for McCain's camp to continue the lies, look for his supporters/bloggers to continue to perptuate them, and look for the MSM to continue to tread lightly around him. It's just the way it's going to happen. I think it's bull, you think it's bull, and it may cost Obama the election due to the gullibility of the average american, but it's just the way things go.

    In the meantime, Obama just lets things roll off his back and gets accused of not fighting back. Why is this such a bad thing? And Obama gets HEAVILY vetted for every last thing, when we haven't even seen the "Keating 5", McCain's divorce, etc. etc. show up once? I hate how some people say that McCain's already been vetted, but not this election, not this time around, and the people just coming into this thing won't know.

    The media is terribly biased, but it's because they fear the backlash. Think about it.

    August 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Chester drawers

    McCain's acceptance speech will be in front of 50 rabid AARP members at the Golden Corral.

    August 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Informed Voter

    Yipee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Democrats 08!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    They were sold out?
    Anybody know how much the tickets were selling for?

    What entertainer/group is opening for him?

    August 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Candy West Virginia

    John McSurge could hold his in my basement if he wants.....

    August 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Hey – McCain had a bunch of people in the crowd at Sturgis – waiting for a concert.

    He even offered up his wife for a Buffalo Chip contest (topless?).

    Give equal time, CNN.

    Go Obama '08

    August 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Lisa

    So what, he's still not going to win!!! Let's not forget this is the same people that voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, so please!!

    August 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Abby

    I wish I could have been there. Congratulations senator for generating unprecedented excitement.

    August 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Amazing

    August 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    We are on the threshold of turning this country away from self-interest and towards our common interests. This is very exciting and I encourage those of you who are still bitter about the hard-fought primary to embrace this opportunity to be involved in the change that is about to happen. Embrace this candidate who has the courage to stand up and fight for all of us and not just for the very wealthy. They've had their advocate for the past 8 years. It's our time now. Democrats UNITE!!

    August 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Fact

    I'm also looking forward to the January Inaguration President Obama.

    August 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Jack

    How do they know Obama will be the one making the acceptance speech, since the Superdelegates haven't voted yet? I'm confused.

    August 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. mayahh

    whow!! SUPERFABULOCIOUS, CHANGE ALL THE WAY.... OBAMA 08

    August 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Dave

    Not a surprise by any means. That was inevitable. He is the man of this century. What about 75,000, if it would have been 200,000 tickets, it would have been sold within a day.

    August 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Barbara

    McCain couldnt fill an old subway car.

    August 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. James

    McCain is lucky to fill up a little town hall.

    People want to see the next president and to see history in the making with Obama.

    I only wish the "Clintons" weren't going to be there.

    August 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Rascal Scooter

    THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT . WE ARE TOTALLY PUMPED UP.
    CAN'T WAIT FOR THOSE DEBATES TO SEE THE BUMBLING IDIOT MCCAIN TRIP OVER HIS TONGUE.

    VOTE......OBAMA.....08

    August 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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