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. MikeH

    I hope they have good security there to catch all the lunatic religeous fanatics the Republicans are trying to inflame with the "The One" commercial hinting Obama is the Antichrist.

    Nothing is as dangerous as a religeous fanatic, no matter where they hail from.

    If any one of these freaks trys something, the Republican party needs to be indicted as a co-conspirator. If not, then it's up to the people to tear the Republican party down and burn it to ashes for what it has done and tried to do to this country.

    August 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. eddiebly, Orlando FL

    He will feed them all with 7 loaves of bread and 2 fried fish. LOL!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. JimBob

    And for the Republican convention, they'll be handing out free tickets to McCain's speech like Scientologists on Hollywood Boulevard....

    August 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. SteveC / BrooklynIndependent

    This is the new RNC whisper campaign... why is he only 5% ahead?
    Um, if you win the popular vote by 5% in an election it's a freakin Electoral landslide. If he were 12% ahead they'd be saying... well, polls don't mean anything at this point.


    Good luck Barry!

    August 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Cheryl

    Democrats who haven't been able to get tickets should plan to go to Denver so there can be crowds outside the stadium just to show support. Bring a group of your friends. I think there are a lot more than 75,000 who want to take part in this historic event. Why not turn all of Denver into an Obama fest?

    August 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Veteran for Obama

    The only reason the national polls are close is because of the southern racial states that have huge numbers against Obama. Take out those 4 or 5 southern states known for being racist and Obama numbers are dramatically increased and this is a blowout.

    August 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Election Watcher

    Obama has sold-out?? I'll say!! Not a bit of integrity left in that man.

    Just say Nobama '08

    August 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. MikeH

    That's right Violet, approximatly 75,000 of them in less than 24 hours.

    Choke on that you Republican toadies.

    How's Cindy McCain doin' in her Miss Cowchip Beauty Pageant, does she need a 'Tramp Stamp' tattoo for that?

    August 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    LOVE MY USA is HIGH-larious!

    You should take that act of crazy on the road!!
    C = Confused
    R = Racist
    A = Angry
    Z = Zealot
    Y = Because you're SCARED of actual progress

    And Alex Rich of Youth for McCain... another joke a minute!
    Even the name screams irony!! I am sure you and the three other "youths" for McCain are probably having a great time trying to explain "a google" to your candidate. Please bring Analog John in the 21st Century!

    August 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. LJ

    No Julie, I think you're pretty limited in any support you think you might have with your 'antichrist" beliefs. Millions don't think like you at all. You sound like a rejected, sad person (mental issues?) who needs someone to care about you, maybe something good will happen for you and you won't be so angry and bitter anymore.

    August 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Jeff

    You poor thing, you are living in a dream world. You are so ignorant. I am yet to read something construtive, just continuing the McCain lies

    August 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. bp

    i live in portland and let me tell you that obama was the draw for the 75000. implying that more than, maybe a couple hundred (if that)
    would show up for a free Decemberists concert is lunacy

    August 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Red Rotor

    I can't believe I'm not going to be there. This really is history. My kids will ask me about these days, and I won't be there.

    I gotta find a way to go see this guy.

    August 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Sherry

    Did you know most of the U.S. oil comes from Canada? However, you are made to think it comes from the Middle East.

    John McCain has been in Office for over 30 years. HE is the one who should be sealing the deal, not Obama.

    If you have half a brain, you will see that your life will continue to spiral out of control under the Republicans; they've gotten wealthier while the rest of us are living on the edge. Wake up people!

    August 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. alberta treadway

    Wow! 75,000 groud in Oregon,an now another 75,000 in Denver! That's 150,000 people in two events! This has never happened in our American History! Than a groud of over 200,000 in Germany! Do you realize that's 350,000 people who has brought together in three events to listen,see him speak? How amazeing is that? How Proud we should be as Americans that we could actually land a President who is so well thought of not only here at home, but around the whole world! Yes, he can!

    August 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Ndali

    Go bama!Change is coming to America!
    Better jobs,peace,well being and prosperity!
    Unlike Mcdiapers who needs to change his depends once in a while!

    August 8, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Robert Fyvolent

    Trying to keep pace, McDud plans to hold his rally at the St. Paul Auto Zone, where he will give out a free tire gauge to anyone who shows up and can correctly identify Iran and Iraq on a map.

    August 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    McCain couldn't pay that many people to come and here his speak, they would go to sleep, All the HATERS need to take notes.


    August 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. larryh wi

    Isn’t it amazing that so many past presidential issues during campaigns rarely matter years later? Are the Democrats making a big deal out of global warming just to play politics and make it the issue of this campaign? Or do they sincerely care about the environment? Further, are they that concerned about the environment that they will let America’s economy and industrial sector falter as they refuse to let more drilling take place? The Democrat’s political games are slowing America’s development and progress, and making us lose jobs. McCain all the way.

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    AWESOME! I wish I could be there! Mike, maybe you can get invited to a barbecue at McCain's ranch and go with him to the Dairy Delight to pick up some cold cuts for the guests that come to HIS shin digs back on the "Maverick, aka Racist Ranch"! Maverick my foot!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. susie

    Will tickets being showing up on e-bay?

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. hector

    i guess this should be the way we elect the president.
    who ever bring more peaple to the stadium should be the winner

    i hope m'con listen to me and try to do the same thing.

    August 8, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Keep banking on those polls, fools, Republicans, PUMAs, NFILs, you're all the same. Obama's key demographic mainly use cell phones, so there is no accurate way to poll all demographics, simply because many of the younger generation don't see the need for a land line.

    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Independent in IA

    Sold out? How much of a kick-back is obumble raking in from the cost? His show isn't worth the cost of a counterfeit 10 cent coin.

    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. DJ Los Angeles JFK will still have the record though by less than 10K attendees
    and still less than the Portland OR speech

    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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