August 8th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
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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)РTickets 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. Mike - Texas

    I wonder how many of the 20,000 – 30,000 expected protesters bought tickets????

    August 8, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Linda FL

    Gosh Americans are dumb. These are the same people that elected Bush Twice. 2000 American made a mistake, we realized this right away and we wanted change. we stood tall and strong for CHANGE but the GOP scared the life out of us with "They Hate Us For Our Freedom" and we made the same mistake again. The man that has openly said he knows nothing about the economy and Drill Here, Drill There and Drill Now is going to Win. By this time I'm sure China will be the power house to knock America of it's throne. Just maybe than we will get our act together. If Omaba was a White man with these common sanes Ideas, he would Win this election with a great margin. CNN NO BULL NO BIAS IS ALL BULL and FOX is full of their own opinion no fact. these news media twist fact just to have big headlines. God Bless America Because it's going to hell

    Sorry Obama America is not ready for you, not ready to use comon sanes.

    August 8, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. C from Texas

    Sold out? How much were they going for? The last I heard Obama was giving them away to his supporters. This is another tall Tale by the Dem party, tickets were not sold they were handed out. Otherwise why is there a list of people for the people that don't show up. Read between the lines people. I would LMAO if H. Clinton won the nomination for the party.

    August 8, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Fernando

    GO OBAMA !!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Linda K.

    To "Love my USA":

    Are you seeing a therapist for your anger? Stop listening to Limbaugh and Hannity and stop watching Fox News. Check out the candidates at their websites.

    Obama is not a celebrity, in the Hollywood sense, but his campaign is historic. And if I hear one more person talk about "Antichrist" I am going to puke. Let's grow up and approach this election as adults, please.

    August 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Republicans Hate America

    Whats the reason for that this time Rush Limbaugh? How will you spin it this time McPhony? This is not a free concert people so how do you losers explain it this time. Destiny is at hand people

    August 8, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Hey people, try this simple exercise – in your mind paint Obama's face white, give him straight hair and then see if you would be willing to listen to him and could you still call him some of the sickening names you come up with. I love the empty suit one because that empty suit is a Constitutional Law Scholar, was a Illinois Senator for 8 yrs and a US Senator for 3.

    August 8, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Janet WV for Obama

    I am furious! They never responded to my inquiry about how to get tickets. I was planning to go. I think there should have been a lottery type system to ensure that everyone had a chance. I am still so excited about the possibility of going!

    August 8, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Say No to O

    Bunch of drinkers; This guy thinks he's King. sickening.

    August 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. NObama

    NICE job BHO! In a large 75,000 seat stadium you won't hear all the BOOs from Hillary supporters as you would have in the arena, which will already be half full with her supporters.

    McCain 08
    Hillary 12

    August 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Darrel from Denver

    The Republicans and biased press corps have been touting that Obama cannot put McCain away and usse as evidence the poll numbers indicating his supposed inadequacy here, as if to say they need to be hugely disparate to support Obama's contention of the support he continues to see, as opposed to the meager crowds and numbers McCain pulls.

    The fact is that a mere 5% to 6% separation in the polls will easily translate into an electoral landslide of well over 300 electoral college votes in the election.

    Once again, misrepresent the truth coming from the poor Republicans who are now running with their tails between their legs, ignoring the obvious, and biting, scractching, and clawing to be heard.

    August 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. fella from Chicago

    Forecast is for rain and Hillary supporters. Enjoy Barack. Time the election rolls around no one will remember what was said anyways; especially those outside of the West Coast or Mountain time zones. zzzzzzz

    August 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Andy

    Who's the opening band?

    August 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. True Dem

    The bitter, whacko PUMA people recently compared Obama to Adolf Hitler becaues he was holding his speech in a large stadium.

    Never mind that JFK did the same thing 48 years ago.

    Real Democrats are going to march to victory in November.

    To all the people who ask "Why isn't Obama leading?"

    Just want to remind you he has been leading by several points all summer. A lead is a lead.

    August 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. J.S.

    This makes me think of the Left Behind Series plus Revelations from the Bible-Obama may "dooed it " and many will be duped. You can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time.

    August 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Richard Rohde

    Will he (or for that matter CNN and MSNBC, the all Obama, all the time networks) say anything about John Edwards, the sure jumped quick on the Republican scandals. This one has been brewing for three weeks without a mention by the liberal press and networks.

    August 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Jerry in Boston

    Of course it's sold out. None of Obama's disciples wants to miss the space ship that's going to rendevous with the comet.

    August 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. ss8ty

    McCain couldn't sell out a high school gym.

    August 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Sane John

    I hope "LOVE MY USA" is being kept away from firearms and sharp objects...

    August 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Celeb

    Obama the Holloywood star!! I guess the Paris Hilton – Spears ad was right on target hey sweeties.

    August 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. biffington, biff

    you freaking haters! that is all you are good at is hating, and creating hate!

    just cause your guy can't draw flies...

    August 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Darrel from Denver

    LOVE MY USA ... what the heck is this clown thinking in his posting?

    Appears to be a bigotted, biased, neo-con to me. We have had enough of those idiots. If we let them stay in power one minute longer we will have walls built around the US, the world hating us, live in a fascist state with no more constitutional rights, and gestapo on every block searching everyone's homes each evening to ensure all 'laws' are being followed.

    Get a clue. Your time is over. And, it's about time

    August 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. wrob

    We need a bigger stadium!!!!!!!!! I already have permission to be off work and I WANT TO GO!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Shasta

    Go ahead- blame this one on a concert.

    August 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Mike, TX

    Let's see. You need to pay to see the convention speech. In an Obama adminstration, the State of the Union address will probably be on pay-per-view.

    The joke continues....

    August 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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