DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is preparing for supporters to sleep outside of Invesco Field the night before he formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination before more than 75,000 people.
Obama campaign officials said they are taking steps should attendees pitch tents Wednesday night outside the home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos. One Obama official said the campaign is hoping to turn the speech into a grassroots organizing event, with training sessions taking place while people wait in line to get into the stadium and when they take their seats.
The attendees will also be encouraged to text message friends and families in the hours leading up to the speech urging them to watch it, Obama campaign officials told CNN Sunday.
"We want them to watch it,” an Obama advisor said. "We want to tell them to vote. This is a training exercise.”
Obama campaign officials also said they hoped to capitalize on the location of this year’s convention - they've distributed a large chunk of tickets to voters in the battleground state of Colorado, which has nine electoral votes.
"It’s not going to be 76,000 people sitting somewhere watching a speech,” said the Obama advisor. “It’s going to be 76,000 people attending a speech, and they will be turned loose … for the next 60 to 70 days.”
Gates for Thursday evening’s speech will open at 1 p.m. MT.