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. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Another three point shot. It's OBAMA Time!

    August 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. AJ

    So what? Mr. Ego in a suit got fed again. I've been a Democrat all my life and this is the first time I have ever been ashamed of it. I'll be sitting home in November. Obama is runing on ego and rhetoric. Didn't we get enough of that with Bush??

    August 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Sam from Philly, PA

    "Obama's largest event to date was in Portland, Oregon, in May, where he drew an estimated crowd of approximately 75,000."

    What, the crowd of 200,000 fanatic Germans in Berlin doesn't count? Oh, I forgot – that "wasn't a campaign event". Right.

    August 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    Julie,
    There are two antichrist on earth: one George W. Bush, the second the ring leader of the PUMA gang!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Dee/Warwick

    Perhaps Debbie the polls are wrong, get about it.

    August 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Vincent

    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.
    ____________________________

    Which well known band would that be? I didn't hear of any band, my brother who is stationed in Germany didn't hear of a band. Could you please inform the less informed.

    Thank you in advance

    August 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Mark

    What is it with all of these people complaining about obamas success? He earned it fair and square. What a sorry bunch of losers you are!

    August 8, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Vincent

    Clinton/McCain August 8th, 2008 12:36 pm ET

    Oh sorry, nevermind, as I heard about the same thing in Germany. Boy they sure do have a lot of rock concerts before he speaks don't they.

    August 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Dan, Santo Domingo

    [CNN Thanks for posting]
    I´m really sick of this. John McCain is crying foul to the press, but he ignores they're giving him a free ride by not bringing to public light all of his past mistakes (Keating 5, Dumped disfigured-former-wife-for a-richer-younger-blonde-girl, SongBird, not-brilliant-student, constant-flip-flopping-and-gaffes anyone?) while Obama is getting vetted even for the most stupidiest thing that anyone can come up with. Talk about public society and media bias. Shame on you, America! Should you keep it going the way it is, I won't be surprised that we will watch you going down in flames if you put a man like John McCain in office! I just hope the fool, brown-nose of a president we got here in my country won't join McCain when he decides to start WWIII. Jesus, God help us all!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Susan

    God, do I wish I could be there!

    August 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. JIM...TX

    As to Obama in the polls...they all mean ZIP! Ask a dozen people a question an go around the corner and ask another dozen an the answers are different. Those 75000 at the stadium are some of the REAL 18 million supporters of his. Not the made up one's of you know who:)

    August 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. tedious898

    How About it Repugs and Puma's?

    You think there will be a free concert before the acceptance speech...e.g. the reason for a stadium full of people? No...no ...they couldn't be there to hear an inspiring speech from the "world famous empty suit"

    I have to repeat my candidates toughest response to your petty and childish attacks....You people take pride in being ignorant"

    August 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    thats a hole lot of Hillary supporters

    August 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. F. Lynn

    McCain flow into New Hampshire airport and was greeted by just "1" reporter. He went to his town hall meeting and was greeted again by a half full gym. McCain your boreing! All you do is attack Obama and then you put everyone to sleep. You couldn't fill the convention hall – if it weren't for the GOP conventioneers you would hear crickets. You inspire no one.
    Obama is fresh, exciting and delivers hope and a real sense of change. He was right about Iraq and a time table, now bush is doing what he said. He was right on Afganistan and look at what bush is trying to do now! He was right on engaging Iran in negotiations and now you see the US opening a diplomatic mission there.
    Good judgement vs erratic judgement.
    Vote for Obama for a little sanity for a change!

    August 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. barry

    OBAMA / WETHEPEOPLE '08

    August 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    love my usa and pumas: (What? No imbecile signaling caps?)

    Please stay under your rocks until your single brain cell multiplies and deems you fit for the human race and the ability to form a coherent thought or idea worthy of discussion in a public forum. You sound more and more like McCain everyday but are just more capable of using a computer and caps lock.

    August 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Cindy

    I hope this rock star brings his band with him to the stadium.

    August 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    P'CA, Four of the Keating Five were Democrats. The only ones found GUILTY were three of the four Democrats. John Glenn(D) and John McCain were found innocent. Why is McCain's divorce any of anyone's business. If Clinton can commit adultery in the Oval Office and still be worshipped by you Dems, a divorce 30 years ago should mean nothing. Obama has not been vetted, because he has no record to vet. Half his votes in the IL Senate were 'present'. Vet that.

    August 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Nate Hussein

    @Clinton/McCain
    "The bias continues…" I guess the 200,000 in attendance were there for a concert as well, who was playing? And which "well known" band played in Portland. Hillary lost, get over it!

    August 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. demwit

    So much for the average Joe getting in to see the Messiah..

    August 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Closely Watching

    ...and to Julie and Alex Rich, you two need to get a life. Perhaps a room together where you can cheer on McSame.

    August 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    self rightous, pompous, holier than thou fool this man is.

    August 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. DR. YES

    republicans are getting nasty cuz they know they are on their way out.obama is uniting the rest of us for a better future.

    August 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Ken

    SO WHAT!

    Everybody is forgetting that in Portland, the said 75,000 people were not necessarily coming to see Obama, there was a concert going on, so a lot of those DID NOT come to see Obama, but rather came to see the concert instead.

    I would not waste my money to see Obama! Now if it were Hillary Clinton, that would be a different story. She is the one that should be the nominee and not Obama!

    Clinton/Obama 2008

    August 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. barry

    Alex Rich – Youth For McCain in 08

    jealous because mccain had a ADD a third teleprompter and still can't get through a coherent sentence? ever wonder why?

    A: the fascist GOP LIE machine writes mcsame's speeches - Obama wirtes his own!

    you get FIVE mccain web points, neverhtless – way to go!
    um... i hear the mcbush flage lapel pin is just dreamy

    August 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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