Obama's speech to move indoors
September 5th, 2012
10:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama's speech to move indoors

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - After days of bad weather, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and Democratic National Convention organizers have decided to change the venue of the president's acceptance speech Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Instead of holding the final night at the Bank of America stadium as planned, the event will move indoors to the Time Warner Cable arena, where the first two days of the convention have taken place.

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"We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday's proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests," said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan.

Officials had already handed out 65,000 tickets for the event at the Bank of America stadium, but the Time Warner Cable Arena-home to NBA's Charlotte Bobcats-can seat up to 21,000. As a result, thousands will be turned away.

"We're disappointed they won't be able to join us in person," one organizer said. "But we are encouraging people to organize watch parties at their homes, in their neighborhoods, with their friends."

Officials added they plan to host a separate event at a later time for those who had credentialed for the stadium. They did not elaborate on when exactly that event would take place, only saying "sometime before Election Day."

Some argued this week that convention organizers had failed to fill the stadium, and moving the event to a smaller, more-packed venue would provide better optics for the president's speech

DNC officials, however, argued that decision was purely based on safety, not politics.

"We were concerned about capacity on the high end for Thursday, not on the low end," one official said, adding they had 19,000 people on the wait list for the stadium.

In an interview with a local TV station in Virginia, conducted before the venue change was announced, Obama said he's more focused on his message than capacity concerns at the DNC.

"My main goal is not to worry about the logistics of the convention," Obama said. "My main goal, I think, is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward."

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. liberal disease

    maybe he wont accept and we will be saved

    September 5, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    "Mitt Romney talks alot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you, Massachusetts was ot one of them." – Gov. Deval Patrick

    September 5, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. ttt

    What would the GOP do if Mitt votes for Obama? Mitt is a dammed liberal we all no this!

    September 5, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. bailouts

    is it any wonder..... who wants to hear we need 4 more years to ruin everything even MORE...

    we've just hit 16 trillion in debt, no jobs, no loans for businesses out here, no customers who are able to buy, and the worst thing of all , no truth from DC about ANYTHING..... NOTHING EVEN REMOTELY POSITIVE.

    and listeneing to that Castro guy, is like looking at an ALIEN who is talking a different language from another planet.

    September 5, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. saraph

    Actually,we had 19,000 people on the wait list. I totally understand why the right wants to spread lies about a lack of enthusiasm, but sadly, they're the ones who are on life support.

    September 5, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Thanks for a great speech Mrs. Obama. Your speech was one for the ages. Simply splendid, the greatest speech ever delivered period! Can't wait to see you and President Obama at the inaguration in 2013! Thanks for representing our country with such grace and class. Four more year's in the bank!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    O

    September 5, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. gary

    LOL..... yeah right! 20% of rain tomorrow evening and the Dems are moving inside! HAHA... The nation is laughing.

    September 5, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Monyluk

    Thank to USA/ national election commissioner of their fair and equal right to all,
    68% Obama must win b/c of impossible he done via' s ruling and thank!
    "viva Obama/USA!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. TownC

    Can't fill the arena?

    September 5, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Footer3

    Couldn't fill the stadium, huh?

    September 5, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. outlawgodsucks

    Indie Liberal- LOL!!!!

    September 5, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Upclosepls

    The real reason? Bank of America, NC ban on gay marriage, and most importantly...the low turn out image they now realize will happen.

    September 5, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Newmalthus

    What a joke!

    September 5, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    What to to with the Greek colums... what to do....
    -------------------
    Who cares? Mission Accomplished.

    September 5, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    kinda funny, so whats up obama, couldnt bus enough people in, we already heard a couple of days ago that the Dems couldnt get enough people to attend so they were going to churches to pay to have people bussed in, haha,. just shows you that you have lost the people respect with your destruction of the American Dream, Vote obama OUT!

    September 5, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Shastafarian

    they decided they needed a captive audience. ;)

    September 5, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. pantherpro

    You tea party people are unbelievable. Obama could have 100,000 even in red neck state

    September 5, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. JM

    Please, it was clearly because they couldn't fill the stadium. It's the summer in the South. It thunderstorms in the summer ALL THE TIME. If they were so concerned about the weather in the first place, they would know this and not schedule the DNC in North Carolina.

    September 5, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    While Democrats and Liberals talk about the issues facing our country and how to strenghten and grow the middle class and the economy and move the country forward, conservatives refrain from the issues because they have no credible record to run on. So what they do for pleasure is unleash personal attacks and display their ignorance, arrogance, incompetence, stupidity and bigotry. ENVY AND JEALOUSY...ENVY AND JEALOUSY...ENVY AND JEALOUSY!

    Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!

    September 5, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    How many people Mitt Romney pull into that Detroit 70,000+ seat stadium? Remember that campaign bungle, folks?

    September 5, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Say_NO_to_four_more_years

    How humbling. Mr. BHO can't control government spending nor the weather.

    Tax your way out of this one. One percenters are here on you side – NOT!

    September 5, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Martoon

    I don't understand why the DNC (and undoubtedly the taxpayers) are paying for this convention. Who is running against Obama? There were no Democratic primaries. That is why no one is watching - the outcome is already known.

    September 5, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. charlotte

    Living in Charlotte, I questioned the plan to have an outdoor convention because of this very reason. You the taxpayers spend 7million on getting the Panthers stadium ready for the convention. Great use of money by our government!

    September 5, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Pa Voter

    What, the almighty Obama can not control the weather ?

    September 5, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. JT-VA

    Regardless of the venue...1/2 the audience will be media personnel infatuated with every syllable Obama, the great narrator, speaks.

    September 5, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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