Obama team picks venue for election night event
October 17th, 2012
08:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama team picks venue for election night event

(CNN) - The Obama campaign plans to have its election night event at McCormick Place in Chicago barring a last minute change, a campaign source confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

Billed as the largest convention center in the country, the venue consists of four buildings with a combined total of 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.

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While it's a large venue, the indoor facility would likely not be able to hold as many people as Grant Park, the outdoor site of Obama's election night event in 2008.

The website for McCormick Place says it can seat up to 18,000 people, whereas Grant Park held 240,000 people four years ago.

With Election Day on November 6, holding the event inside could also be an advantage in the case of inclement weather.

The president's campaign headquarters are located in Chicago.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. TheVoice2

    Didn't Mitt Phony say the same things he said in the first debate. He is starting to run out of lines. Obama wiped the floor with him last night. The Commander in Chief was in command!

    October 17, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Hopefully Obama will concede early.

    October 17, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. chanell

    I want to vote for obama. And I don't want for mitt romeny

    October 17, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Frank in Florida

    I'm sure CNN will gladly cover this event and possibly even help Obama pay for it.

    October 17, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Larry L

    It will be "Sweet Home Chicago" as America celebrates the President's re-election!

    October 17, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Wolfgal

    Eighteen thousand people in 2012 versus 240,000 people. Now if that doesn't foretell a defeat I don't know what does. Oops, 4 years of nothing thank you very much.

    October 17, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Liberal Nutjob

    What a total waste of convention space

    October 18, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. truth hurts

    Chicago is a virtual war zone. Good luck on this one. But it'll be a huge waste of money though. Not many people show up to the losers celebration.

    October 18, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. Bernard obryant

    Go obama but you have to win first in order to secure a victory

    October 18, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  10. Thomas

    Where is Mr . Romney going to be ?

    October 18, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  11. 200 TON HAMMER

    wisdom is the Teacher,knowledge is the Student,Understanding is a road map on a pathway too common sense.Mr President Obama keep your head up.you are doing a great job.

    October 18, 2012 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  12. Deborah Alfano

    Who will show up? The millions on food stamps, the millions who are unemployed and those living in poverty?

    October 18, 2012 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  13. Bev

    is that so everyone can hear him congratuate romney on his landslide victory

    October 18, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |