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. Tired of W, OH

    Julie, if there are millions more like you, then this country doesn't deserve to be saved. You extremists are no better than terrorists. Two sides of the same coin, just different religions.

    August 8, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. mike

    By all means get everyone there who supports oshama. Terrorists groups, leaders of Iran and North Korea. They want a weaker US so by all means let them in and give them speaking roles.

    August 8, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. democrat turned REPUBLICAN

    to Chester drawers and Angie....
    I would not be so quick to insult "old
    people" as YOU will be one soon...or the VFW....as thanks to the VETERANS you are able to speak your disgusting words

    democrat turned REPUBLICAN, thanks to Pelosi, Kennedy, the democratic congress AND OBAMA

    August 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to LOVE MY USA:

    You are exactly what's wrong with this country!

    Isn't it time to iron your white sheet?!

    August 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. California Voter

    I'm one of those who is just a little skeptical about all this. Proof will be in the pudding as they say.

    August 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Andy

    The same Koolaid drinkers who voted for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004 are voting for Bambi. We heard this all before. Fact is, Bambi is all hat and no cattle. Hillary said it correctly, "John McCain is a seasononed statesman and Obama gave a speech in 2002." Take away the teleprompter and Bambi is just another ultra liberal politician witout any ideas who won't win more then 10 states.

    Bet no one here can name 5 things that Bambi will do to help this country. Heck, Paris Hilton has a better energy plan then Bambi.

    August 8, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. democrat turned REPUBLICAN

    I with you "Julie"

    August 8, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Typical White Person

    March 1933

    Twenty-five thousand people jump to their feet. The “Heil, Hitler,” shout is overwhelming.

    Hitler begins in a calm, deep voice, which gets louder and louder, higher and higher. He loses his calmness and trembles in his excitement. In the beginning of his speech his arms are folded and he seems hunched up, but when he is carried away he stretches out his arms and he seems to grow in stature.

    He attacks the rulers of Germany in the past fourteen years. The applause is tremendous. He accuses them of corruption. Another round of enthusiasm. He appeals for the union of Nationalism with Socialism. He calls for the end of clas warfare. When he shouts, “The future belongs to the young Germany which has arisen,” the 25,000 hearers leap to their feet, stretch out their right hands and roar: “Heil, Hitler!

    August 2008

    Seventy-five thousand people jump to their feet. The “Yes,we can – Yes, we can” shout is overwhelming.

    Obama begins in a calm, deep voice, which gets louder and louder, higher and higher. He loses his calmness and trembles in his excitement. In the beginning of his speech his arms are folded and he seems hunched up, but when he is carried away he stretches out his arms and he seems to grow in stature.

    He attacks the administration of the past eight years. The applause is tremendous. He accuses them of corruption. Another round of enthusiasm. He appeals for the union of Nationalism with Socialism. He calls for the end of clas and race warfare. When he shouts, “The future belongs to the young America which has arisen,” the 75,000 hearers leap to their feet, stretch out their right hands and roar: “Obama, Obama!"

    August 8, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Janet WV for Obama

    Julie who refers to Obama as the antichrist, says that there are millions more like her. They are commonly known as racists spewing hate-filled filth to divide our country along racial and socio-economic lines. She is right on one point, and that is that he is the ONE to bring peace, justice, respect and concern for others back to our country.

    August 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Kate

    That's right, Debby. 75,000 people from across the US bought up tickets within 24 hours to go to some "opening act" band (that no one knows about right now) in Colorado that just happens to be on the same night Obama give his acceptance speech. Yeah, right. How do those sour grapes taste, anyway?

    August 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. nicholas

    real man with good intention. Moveon Obama

    August 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. JO-ANN FROM NEW YORK

    GOOD LUCK BARACK OBAMA....CONTINUE TO MAKE HISTORY

    KEEP THE HATERS HATING CAUSE THAT'S ALL THEY DO IS HATE.......

    August 8, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Soldier for OBAMA

    Debby you sound ignorant! The fact that John McCain cannot poll better proves this election is over. OBAMA just have to wait 2.5 months to be elected, because that is how we do things here. MSM is manipulating the numbers, then again people like me who have two cell phones and no land lines can't be polled....that is like over 100 million Americans and we are white, young, black, hispanic and very focus. Trust me, OBAMA wins this with 368 ECV and about 56% Majority Vote. everyone wants to be on the right side of History, trust me! OBAMA will historic win will allow a female to be elected in 2016, an Asian or a Hispanic soon after and then America will surely look and feel like a nation to be proud of. For 230 years all we had is white male leader's, we can and should do better. Yes, if not OBAMA then who? Race is still an issue, however he is NOT RUNNING because he is black, he is running because he proves he can lead and lead with INTEGRITY! We have been doped for far too long, the Presidency has become a Good Ole Boy's club and it needs to end!

    OBAMA-CLINTON, OBAMA-HAGEL, OBAMA-GORE, OBAMA-RICHARDSON, OBAMA-POWELL, OBAMA-SINSEKI, OBAMA-JONES-OBAMA-CLARKE, OBAMA-KENNEDY, OBAMA-BIDEN

    The choices are endless for a Democratic President, CONGRESS DEMS 394, SENATE, 63, this is CHANGE we can believe in!

    August 8, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    I'm sure McNasty will spin this into more celebrity junk that he is trying to peddle. I live in a heavily Republican area and some are not going to even bother voting for McCain. They know what an idiot he is. On August 28 McSenile, cry me a river. Let President Obama show you how it's done.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 8, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    Alex Rich – Youth For McCain in 08 – fortunately most of the youth today are enlightened thinkers and voting for Obama. Too bad a person like you wouldn't have the character to give up a lucrative career to care enough to be a community organizer but then your a repuglican and could care less about your fellow man.

    August 8, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Maria in Crawford, Texas

    Alex Rich – Youth For McCain
    Very few politicians give speeches withoug teleprompters. McCain does not use one because HE IS SO OLD HE CAN'T SEE IT!!!!

    VOTE OBAMA!

    August 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Felice Judkins

    McCain will accept his party's nomination in the "Cheese" section at your nearest grocery store...

    August 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. EBC

    Wow.... now let's HEAR the "Obama Haters" whine about this TRUE FACT.

    Here' s the question to the McLame supporters? Can YOUR candidate say the same thing and attract 75,000+ supporters in one stadium? Harley Davidson Bikers didn't even GO to him, he WENT to them, all 50,000 worth. And then what does he do? He' offer's his wife up in a beauty contest! ha! ha!

    Make any EXCUSE you want, the facts have proven themselves. I'd rather support what McCain call's a "celebrity" than a OLD, BORING and OUT OF TOUCH GROUCHY MAN who doesn't even KNOW HOW to use the internet! Yikes!!! How can YOU be President and NOT be tech savvy? My 3 year old grandson is MORE tech savvy than OLD WHITE HAIR "DUDE".

    John McBoring will be glad just to fill up a supermarket parking lot!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Soldier for OBAMA

    I just purchase OBAMA speeches from his website and received it yesterday. Oh, the chills I get when I watch the 2004 speach, I am sure he will rise to the occasion as he has often does. There is no White America, No Black America, No Red, No Blue, Just the United States of America! Yes we can, the dawn of a New Era, a new American Union for a New American Century!

    OBAMA,..BARACK THE VOTE! FIRED UP....RTEADY TO VOTE!

    August 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Luis

    Pompous imposter.......................................and I don't think Billary is done making his life miserable.

    Vote McCain or join the insane.

    August 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. J.C.

    This turnout doesn't match the poll results.
    What went wrong?

    August 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Soldier for OBAMA

    FIRED UP, READY TO VOTE, OBAMA YES!

    August 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. sk

    I didn't expect anything less from Barack Obama...the Flamboyant.

    August 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. larry buchas

    Hey "LOVE MY USA",

    Your ignorance and cowardice is showing.

    We all know GOP =

    G Gas
    O Oil
    P Petroleum

    As for hatred & racism, you can sink in the same ship with Rush, Savage, Hannity and the rest.

    August 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Felice Judkins

    THE TICKETS WERE FREE!!!!! Democrats, Republicans & Independents alike were welcome to submit requests for tickets.

    Just so that you know there was NO concert scheduled. This is about the "people" taking back their government!

    August 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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