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. Shari, NY

    I wonder if the same will hold true for the Republican Convention.

    August 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. JD

    If the amount of people going to this thing isn't proof of Democratic unity, then I don't know what is.

    August 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Peter E

    Obama has no trouble attracting tens of thousands of people to buy tickets to see him. Obama has no trouble raising tens of millions of dollars in cash each month.
    Still, democrats keep telling us they won't 'be able to pay' all the costs of their convention. What liars! They want the city of Denver to pay millions of dollars to cater to them. That's grand theft! That's extortion!
    I live in the Denver area and I say: democrats, either pay up or go home!

    August 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Clinton/McCain

    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.

    August 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    But of course!

    August 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Tracy---Indianapolis, IN

    Obama does need a OPENING ACT,..........but guess what? The OLD WRINKLED UP WHITE MAN DOES..............

    OBAMA 08

    August 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Shari, NY

    Dear Debby,

    Many of Obama's supporters are not into polls – they are waiting for E-Day.

    He who laughs last, laughs best!

    August 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Don

    big deal speech will be all over cable news.

    August 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Keep on Pushing!!!!!

    I suppose that is why Mcattack keep on attacking using celeb ads

    August 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Steve/Houston,TX for Obama

    This is truly a historical moment for America and I hate that I cannot be in attendance. I know how the McCain supporters are going to spin this as " Obama is soooo inexperienced" " Obama is a celebrity". The fact is, this is a new day for America and if Hillary Clinton was the presumptive nominee, she would have just as much attention if not more. In other words, Republicans deal with it. Democrats are back and we are strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Mike, Vancouver BC

    Just another town hall meeting for Senator Obama, would be interesting if that old wrinkly grey haired guy with no computer skills could hold one like this.

    It's a stretch, I do not think "McCLOT" could do it. By the way LOT is "Limited On Truth or Lack Of Truth".

    August 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Candy West Virginia

    P, CA – sad but very very true. There are some ignorant people in this country that will not vote for Obama no matter how good they know he is cause he is black. We, america, are so far behind most other countries in this regard. Other countries are so much more progressive minded and open minded and enlightened and we are so backwards in so many ways. We are not the greatest country in the world and thanks to bush and the repuglicans and what is mentioned above we probably lost that right forever. They have lied against a good man to continue their evil agenda and there are so many dumb people out there that just fall for it hook line and sinker.

    August 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Terri

    Wish I could be there

    Go Bam :)

    August 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Obama Rules

    "Go Obama... It's your birthday... we're gonna party like it's your birthday...."

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    August 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. PUMA in Training

    Wow – don't the religious leaders use stadiums for their sermons?

    August 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. seeing the truth

    wait...sold out? dangggggg i knew they should have had it at a bigger stadium!!!!

    August 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. JDC // Ohio

    Question: Will Obama be able to feed the multitudes with bread?

    August 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Jeff, AL

    Why can't he jump way ahead in national polls like he does in attracting huge crowds?

    August 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    I here parking lot tickets will go on sell soon.

    August 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Rebublican for Obama!

    Hey now McCain can't even sell out a town hall meeting !!!

    Celebrity/Superstar because people love him and his policies!

    He"s more than ready to lead!

    August 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. larry buchas

    Obama will "Barack the House" on the 45th anniversary of MLK's "I have a Dream" speech.

    By contrast, McCain's speech will be a cure for insomniacs. LOL!

    August 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. ANGIE

    I wish i could go is john mccains convention going to be held at the LOCAL VFW with attendence of about 200 people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. G

    I wish I could be there to see history made. I hope those of you that can attend will share some details with us.

    August 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. gerry

    I heard 475 people will be in attendance at McCains acceptance speech. Single beds will be set up for all.

    August 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    I am not surprised that this has occurred. No matter what your opinion of Obama might be, it is clear that many consider this a historical watershed, and that thousands would like to be able to say, "I was there".

    August 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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