August 8th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Tickets for Obama's convention speech sold out

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(CNN)РTickets 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. ginny bell


    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Puff

    Isn't it nice of Nobama to put this all together for our girl Hillary. She will be awesome at Invesco!!!
    You go girl!

    August 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Stop the Madness!!!

    TO:LOVE MY USA ......You are so full of Hate ,tell me how can you hate someone that you don't know

    LISA .......THAT'S ALL I can say is LISA!!
    **** Please read –P,CA August 8 2008 12:27pm ET ****

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Can we all say, FABULOSITY. I am so proud of you Sen Obama and Michelle keep up the good work, and make your haters your motivators.

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Top that, McCain.

    August 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Josh

    "Sold out" isn't really the right term. The tickets are free.. and nobody in the general public has them yet. They just filled the request list and are starting on a Stand-by list.

    I'm from Colorado and requested a ticket on Wednesday... ::crossing fingers::

    I've hear rumors that The Boss is going to play to start things off.

    August 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. MB

    Something to think about;

    a) how many tickets did the DNC buy?
    b) How many tickets have reporters bought?
    c) How many tickets have PUMA's bought?
    d) How many tickets have been supplied (in bulk) to corporate sponsors?
    e) How many tickets have Republicans bought?
    f) What is the opening act and how many Obamorons (you know Obama's prime demographic) have bought tickets?
    g) what games are being played that day? Denver I'm sure doesn't have a game that day but they do broadcast other games on the megatron at mile high stadium.

    Think Obamorons and maybe when/if you graduate in a couple of years someone will offer you a job.

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Michigan for Obama

    For those of you who actually beleive 75000 people would show up for a rock concert that is "free", well I got news for you. The proof is there. You guys are trying to make an excuse for Obama drawing in over 200000 people in Germany. Every time he comes to Flint, Detroit, or Lansing he sells out in less than an hour, no matter how big the venue. In Denver, he has sold out the stadium in less than an hour. Those 75000 people were holding up signs for him, and pleading him to lead us in unity. These people were not just gathered for a free rock concert, but because they want change. You guys saying this BS must have voted for Bush the last two terms. McCain can't even fill up a town hall, that my friend is sad, he is old and washed up,. retire please McDone!!

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. F C Sanders Sr

    No say it isn't so...I want to go...say it isn't so...I'm ready to fuel up my car and drive 1200 miles from Louisiana to Denver...say it isn't so...

    August 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. YunekFlava

    Jealousy is an awful thing, and it will not help you win if you are a loser. Got that you McShame supporters?

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Not sleeping at the switch

    Yea BUT the Polls are a virtual TIE ~~ Snark~~

    The only way McCain can get any number of people to listen to him is to CRASH a Biker Rally and THEN he fumbled all over the stage. The Video is a CRACK-UP

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Involved

    There are people who wouldn't vote for Obama regardless of what he says or do. Some people still insist on being a racist and projecting there short comings on to others. We will vote to save them from their own self destruction.

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Mccain=Bush

    Old Mccain would never get even 10,000 people to gather to hear his old Bush Wrtiten Policies Obama is the Future Mcbush is the Past Obama= Future Mccain= Bush

    August 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Gina

    It's great another speech ,I'll give hm one thing he'll have you all crying for the messiah to change the world. But I don't think he is the one for real change but we'll see. And people should stop hating on mccain because of age the smartest person i know is my father and he's and old guy.Speeches don't necessarly make great presidents. Give credit to his speech writers and yes he can read!!! LOL thanks a teacher.
    I will not vote for him he is unqualified to lead. PERIOD!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Andrea- Baltimore Afro American

    Now that's the way to tone down your rock star image, and take on the
    serious business of running the country.... Rookie it's not the 80,000 you have to worry about its the 18 million that stay home

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. JImmy in California

    WOW 60,000 seats gone in less than 24 hours and "THE WHITE HAIRED DUDE" can't sell out a town hall meeting when he pays people to come. Frankly I'm beginning to tire of hearing McCain speak of Obama as if he is a child that is incapable of understanding things. I am not a McCain supporter but many of my friends are beginning to tell me of how they are also getting tired of hearing him talk about Obama while it appears to them that Obama is running a fairly good and above board campaign. Obama has hit on him a few times but not in an insulting manner to his intelligence.

    August 8, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Dexter

    Debbie, you're an idiot.

    The band that played in Oregon sells out venues that seat 2000 people at the most.

    Turn off Rush Libaugh and learn.

    And as far as the poll numbers go... If he's 5 points ahead in November, this election will be a landslide Obama victory.

    August 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. borat

    He he he , Here comes another bush oh Mcdooooole, Bush Sr, Bush Jr, Bush Oldie(McDoooole)

    August 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Kay

    Hey, what if the repubs or pumas purchased the tickets?
    Obama's camp would have the money but the seats will not be filled.
    Must think of the dirty tricks.

    August 8, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Bryan in Denver CO

    For you dummies asking why the poll numbers don't change, those pollsters call LAN lines which most young people don't own or answer. If they were to call cell phones I'm sure the numbers would be different. Selling out the Pepsi Center in 24 hours tells the true story. Get a life. Especially you PUMA idiots! You people make me sick!

    August 8, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. YunekFlava

    Won't it be great to have an intellegent and diplomatic president? That leaves out McShame. He just can't cut it. Have all of you folks that support McShame sen any of his greates hits? You know the ones where he stumbles all over himself, always saying the wrong thing, and at the wrong time. He is always losing his place and forgetting what he is talking about, and forgetting what he has said.
    What a loser. Really.

    August 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Ken

    Wish I could be there.... Obama '08~!

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. William

    Make no mistake about it Mr. Obama will be the next president of the United States. Poll are about to be found worthless come November 4, 2008

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. kayla

    to all you ignorant people. if you do not know your bible. the antichrist will be a religious leader. not a political leader. mcsame and the rest of you obama haters, are just jealous of sen obamas' popularity. get over it. CHANGE IS GONNA COME. OBAMA 08

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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