August 8th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
10 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. Vote for Change

    You wanna see a poll, check out the comments on this page!
    Obama is blowing the old tired white man away!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Wisconsin

    WOW sold out in a day!

    Remember when looking at the polls they do not call cell phones and that makes a big difference. Sold out 75,000 tickets in a day says a lot.

    Notice the McShame fans still don't talk about the issues.

    August 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Tony

    If each person who is voting Democrat in the November election brings 2 others to vote Democrat with them, McCain "McBush" will be buried under the avalanche.

    McCain = two time LOSER!

    August 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |

    YEAH!!!! CAUSE THE BAROCKSTAR IS IN TOWN!!!!!!! GO OBAMA! ROCK EM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08/12

    August 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Lone McCain Blogger

    ... according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center's analysis of both candidates' proposed plans, Obama would cut taxes for those making in the range of $38,000 to $66,000 three to almost eight times more than McCain would.

    August 8, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Gloria


    One more thing. Your Republican President Ronald Reagan was also considered the Anti-Christ because he has six letters in each of his name, first, middle and last name. How ridiculous is that... Just as ridiculous as what you and those who think like you are saying about Obama.

    August 8, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Seattle Sue

    What is McCain's record number of people at any of his rallys?

    August 8, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. RobK

    McCain will be PAYING people to show up. Especially anyone under 55.

    August 8, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. stacy

    they can have him.

    August 8, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. seeing the truth

    Clinton/McCain August 8th, 2008 12:36 pm ET
    The bias continues…
    "Obama's largest event to date was in Portland, Oregon, in May, where he drew an estimated crowd of approximately 75,000."
    He made a campaign stop where a free rock concert was being performed by a well known band. Obama did not attract 75,000 people.
    wow...your comment makes no sense given the fact that THIS event IS sold out and still MANY people want to go.
    @Alex Rich – Youth For McCain in 08... McCain has been fumbling over the same tired speech for a long time would think that a man, saying the SAME thing over and over and over again would at least take the time to memorize the speech....McCain still fumbling over his Que cards...does McCain have the memory to lead? no
    LOVE MY USA? you sound like hannity...what is YOUR USA?

    August 8, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. curly

    I'll buy anyones ticket when it turns out that Hillary will really be making this speech instead of Obama.

    Wake up everyone! It is not too late to save this election and nominate Hillary!

    August 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Humble?

    This is just more stagecrafting to show the world he cares more about himself than the people of this country. I prefer a more humble President than one who has to put on a show!

    August 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Rachelbsw

    If all he people in Orgeon went to see the band and not Obama, why does no one know the name of the band?

    The polls aren't braking away because the pollers don't call me or any one else who ONLY has a cell phone and the McCain people are sitting next to their rotary telephones waiting for some one to call.

    Obama 08

    August 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. DocReal

    The only youth for McCain are the "young at heart" seniors who line up for the early bird specials at Dennys. Colorado sure is on board the Change Express 2008 bus.

    Too bad the McLame crowd can't get in on the excitement. It would probably give them a heart attack if their jowly candidate got more than a dozen people to show up to the GOP convention. Maybe Cheney and McOld can compare pacemakers.

    August 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Fay Tx

    P, CA August 8th, 2008 12:27 pm ET
    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,
    ****************************************************************************To P, CA -- this is the most heartfelt Comment ever .......I have read all kinds ...of hate,lies, envy,jealousy etc
    This made my day because I was really feeling down due to some personal isssues and realizing how much bitterness there is in America ......Thanks!! you lifted my spirts just because of your honesty
    and truthfulness

    August 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Damian

    McCain's acceptance speech at the Golden Corral:

    "My friends, you really must try the lime jell-o salad tonight. It's a dandy!"

    August 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. viromi z.

    reply to debby...just hang in there ya'll see the bandwagon would be so heavy and jam-packed come election day...
    God Bless, d' Obamas on their well-deserved vacation!!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Petey

    Even with teleprompters and notecards in a grocery store, its hard to keep Mclame on message without him committing some sort of gaffe. Hey Alex R! I'd rather take O's moving oratory over Mclame's feeble attempts at it. Although its true they probably want O back in Chicago, I sure don't want Mclame, the do nothing senator, back in AZ.

    August 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Rennae, VA

    I wouldn't scoff at Barack's poll numbers Debbie, they don't include calls to a HUGE percent of the Obama base which is people under 25 who are not at home to answer land line phones. I'm sure if Gallop and the other surveyors were to poll (young) cell phone users, then you would see the true lead Barack has over McSame.

    Most of us have registered our land line phones to the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY to discourage calls from telemarketers. Seems as if the only folks who would answer phone calls from *unknown number* callers are older, stay at home folks. While I certainly support Barack 100%, I surely dont want to give the Campaign my cellular number PERIOD.

    August 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. OhioBama

    Why are so many Americans ignorant?

    August 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. McCain -- Nope

    Hey, Julie who "believes in the Bible" - try reading it for a change... instead of spewing your Antichrist nonsense about Obama.

    I could list the reasons that Obama is not the Antichrist, but I don't want to confuse any Republicans who claim to believe in a book they don't read.......

    August 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. LJ

    I heard the republicans were trying to give tickets away to the homeless just so it looks like they have a full crowd in attendance at their convention. Oh, and there's supposed to be a giant inflatable rat sitting outside the rnc convention, a little welcome for Joe Lieberman, should be interesting if you like being ridiculed.

    August 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Mike

    Julie: Then vote for him and bring on the end of the world. That is what you crazy people want anyway!

    Congradulations O, you're the BAM

    August 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    Peter E – Think of all the increase in revenue for the businesses of Denver when all those people are there. That must offset some of the expense of having the convention there. I'm sure they'll all be spending a lot of money.

    August 8, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown

    Everybody loves a winner!

    August 8, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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