August 28th, 2008
11:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Chaos and confusion outside Invesco Field

DENVER (CNN) - The celebration of Barack Obama’s presidential nomination brought people to their feet inside INVESCO Field.

Outside it just made their feet hurt.

As 75,000-plus spectators filed out of the stadium, they walked straight into mass confusion.

Those who arrived by shuttle bus were led through an obstacle course created by law enforcement, barriers and port-a-pottys, only to find that transportation coordinators did not know where those shuttle buses were. Many were directed to different lots. Others were told to walk to their destination.

Law enforcement officers added to the confusion by blocking off routes into and out of INVESCO Field, causing pedestrians to change routes often – turning them around and around.

Most people were frantically looking for their buses, talking on cell phones, asking police for help. There were handicapped people struggling to maneuver wheelchairs and walkers through grass and down stone paths.

Some police officers admitted that they were unprepared for the situation, saying that a month was not enough time to plan for such a large event.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. lou

    its a story,it makes me feel a little bit better about not being at this historic event. I would;ve waited on a 10 mile line if I knew it led me inside. Cmon America... Dont let Fear be your god. It is time for Change...Obama Bidfen 08

    August 29, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  2. lou

    I am sorry for my typo's.

    August 29, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  3. John Smith

    The problem with America is that "credit is never given where credit is due." Look at the bullying in schools; our children have learned from us, constantly tearing down each other. We rather praise athletic folks than "praise" a family member or neighbor.

    Obama wrote and edited his speech. This man is a "constitutional scholar" not a moroon like Bush or McCain!!! Oops, I forget, but then, he is a Black man–

    August 29, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  4. me

    sounds like any parking lot after a big event w/75k people all excited. Why make it sound so wrong and unexpected? I bet lots had a fun time walking to their "destination" amidst the chaos.

    August 29, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  5. Scott

    Typical disorganized Democrats.

    August 29, 2008 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
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