July 7th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama picks 75,000-seat stadium for convention speech

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/07/art.invesco.gi.jpg caption="Obama will accept his party's nomination at Invesco field, home of the Denver Broncos."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama will give his main speech of the Democratic National Convention at a 75,000-seat stadium rather than the 20,000-seat hall where the convention is taking place, convention organizers announced Monday.

Obama will accept the Democratic nomination for president at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High on August 28.

The move is likely to put him in front of a much larger audience than normal for a political speech, even for a presidential nominee.

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Monday he did not know how much the move would add to the cost of the convention. Anita Dunn, a senior advisor to the Obama campaign, said Obama would help with fund-raising for the event.

Dean on Sunday rejected a newspaper report that the convention was over budget and facing "upwardly spiraling costs."

He issued a statement in which he said "that is false" five times in response to five claims in a New York Times article about convention planning, and he insisted again on Monday that convention planning is on track.

The party officially started preparing on Monday for the Pepsi Center to host the event, which runs August 25-28.

Convention organizers portrayed the move to Invesco Field as a reflection of Obama's success at encouraging people to vote for the first time.

"Barack Obama's campaign for change has inspired millions of Americans and brought people into the political process who might never have been involved," said the convention's co-chair, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. "This change in the convention program will allow thousands of first-time participants a chance to take part."

Obama's largest event to date was in Portland, Oregon, in May, where he drew a 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.

(Updated Monday afternoon with additional information)

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soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. Shotta Nic

    It's funny how Obama cant win for losing with the opposition...

    1) If he denouces Wright initially, he is throwing him under the bus. But if he doesnt denounce Wright, he is an anti-American, socialist, unpatriotic, elitist.

    2) If he doesnt wear a flagpin, he is unpatriotic. If he does, he is a flip flopper

    3) If he does a "fist bump", he is unprofessional, if he doesnt, he is an elitist

    4) If he praises Hillary Clinton's campaign, he is an appeaser, if he doesnt, he is sexist

    5) If he seeks council from advisors, he is a weak flip flopper, if he doesnt, he is an inexperienced naive leader.

    If you are not going to vote for him, then dont, but get your reasons together and stop HATING on him for no reason.

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Roberta

    Could Obama cast the presidency of the United States any lower? This man makes a mockery of the Democratic process. He is a snake oil salesman and panderer of the first order. If American elects this clown, MAYBE America will survive long enough to recover from the damage he causes. Maybe not.

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Allan

    The only difference betwen Obama and Osama is BS. He play race card w/out provocation to gain sympathy. HE IS ARROGANT FOOL.

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Realistic

    Or you could have Hillary half-filling some poolroom somewhere with her 200 hardcore men-hating lesbians and ancient old ninnies who comprise the PUMAs - who still cannot get a single respectable person to join with them.

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. David Cunard

    It is to be hoped that the occasion will not be marked with thousands of flags and bowls of flame lest memories of a certain orator in Berlin come to mind.

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. amsinphilly

    Of course the Obama campaign wants the larger venue, This is where the candidate best performs. Here he can have the house packed with his volunteers and say nothing while his adoring throngs cheer on his great words of pseudo hope and change. Who cares that he is turning his back on the delegates that voted for him ( some of whom were threatented to be stripped of their credentials if they did not). Let me know when they announce the rock group that will open for him. That's who the young supporters really come out to see.

    Wake up voters. This man's EGO will be his downfall. But it will be up to the grownups in the party to clean up the mess created by the DNC and Obama campaign.

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Heather

    Take that John McCain!

    An entire football stadium full of energy and excitement in Denver versus what I can only imagine will be one of the most boring political conventions ever in the Twin Cities!

    I was in Boston and LA and thought they were amazing. Denver is going to be INCREDIBLE!

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Pat Riot

    Not even president yet and this socialist already wants to start rounding people up into camps..errr stadiums.

    July 7, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. bernard, macon, ga.

    It would be nice to see 75,000 plus cheering Democrats on the 28th of August. Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, all joined together to change this country back to the world leader it once was before this current administration set us back years. I love Hillary Clinton but Obama is the real reason for the excitement this election year. I wish I could be one of the thousands that will be there to hear his awesome acceptance speech. I truely believe that it will futher inspire all of us to break donw the race, gender and political walls that seperate us as Americans. As of today, our country is a house divided and as a result, we aren't as strong as we once were. This November we have a chance to help heal our country and we can't afford to let anyone scare us back into division because that's how they are able get tax breaks while sending our jobs over seas. That's how they get no-bid contracts worth millions and why bridges costing thousands get built that lead to nowhere while main street bridges that are used by everyday US citizens fall ffrom under us. Come on America, haven't we taken enough from corperations that throw on out on the street after we have made the CEO's rich fat cats? Now is our time to stand together and when they tell us we can't .... we stand together and with one voice say loudly.... "Yes We Can!!!!!!!!

    Obama in 2008
    "It's Time"

    July 7, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Cost????

    And just who pays for that show off performance. I am sure somehow the taxpayer is paying for that stupid speech. I am sooo sick of his Hollywod type speeches. The only thing Obama is going to change if he gets to be President is his promise of change. It wil never happen.

    July 7, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. J

    So because he gets a bigger venue to speak to a larger crowd that makes him arrogant? Republican bloggers you disappoint, yet again!

    July 7, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Anthony

    I made arrangements to be in Denver, even though I wouldn't be able to get into the Convention. I just wanted to be in the atmosphere, but now I will be able to attend his speech as well. This is awesome!

    July 7, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. American Idolatry

    Isn't excitement and charisma what we are looking for in a president?

    July 7, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. kip

    Guess the "regular" convention was okay for the past presidents but not good enough for this super star. I'm just shaking my head. This has gone from exciting to ridiculous. Where have all the adults gone?

    July 7, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Shelly in IL

    STANDING ROOM ONLY! That sounds great, doesn't it,CNN?

    July 7, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    In Your Face Mccain!

    July 7, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. George

    Obama is a fraud

    July 7, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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