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. Lim

    This scene will be played out again in November the day
    after the election. The DNC and Obama campaign will
    abandon these people after they're no longer needed, just
    like today.


    August 29, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. Magister

    Don't they play football and host concerts in that stadium? It seems to me that though the actual event may ahve required extra security, what happened afterwards should've been close to what happens for every event.

    August 29, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  3. Texan

    It was just so weird.

    August 29, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  4. Rave

    If Colorado votes Democrat this year, the police will be trained better for the next convention.

    August 29, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  5. hahahaha

    A month not enough time? Don't they have football games there? Is that team so bad that it doesn't draw a croud?

    August 29, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  6. hahahaha


    August 29, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  7. Nevada dude

    is this all you have left to complain about?

    August 29, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  8. SM

    Do the cops need a month the get ready when there's a football game at the stadium?

    August 29, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  9. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Give me a break. The fact that the police at a major sports venue can't figure out how to manage a crowd with a month's notice is incompetence in action. It should be their bread and butter jobs with Invesco Field in their front yard.

    August 29, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  10. Obama/Biden 08

    No offense, CNN, but this really isn't a story.

    August 29, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  11. Nova

    I think people will be more confused once Obama's tax increase hit them.

    August 29, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. dan

    we did fine in portland (75,000) with less than a month.....

    August 29, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  13. RyanD.

    The Denver Broncos sell out every home game, so what are these cops talking about exactly?

    August 29, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  14. Peter (CA)

    But, somehow, it will be Obama's fault and proof that he can't lead.

    August 29, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  15. John MacDaniel, Huntsville AL

    If the police in Denver can not handle a stadium full of Democrats on a Thursday evening, how, in the name of reasonableness, do they handle a crowd of football fans on the week ends?

    It was said that they only had a month to get ready for this event, but even with the interference posed by the Secret Service agents and/or FBI agents, what is the difference between a political rally and a football game?

    August 29, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  16. larry

    Obama, got it right, he did not disappoint us, so Democrats, it is our time, it is our turn and it is our moment

    August 29, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  17. Cartman

    Parking lot chaos, oh my!

    August 29, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  18. ***** A.

    Wow! A monumental moment in history and this is the story you guys write? You're scraping the bottom here people.

    August 29, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  19. Obama 08/12

    Lets have some news why spend time on such we sure cannot do anything about it and its not news in my book .
    80000 plus is a lot of people what else would you expect its just they dont print this as news about people coming or leaving a sports arena for a ball game or such
    You wait your turn in a large crowd is that new or news?

    August 29, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  20. maripil

    This is the most emotional and very touching event for all Americans. It is history right before everyone's eyes. People are looking forward for real change and for this reason everyone wanted to be in Denver.

    August 29, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  21. Dylan in CA

    This is a metaphor for what the country would be like under a McBush administration.

    August 29, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  22. uh. ..

    so it was crowded afterwards? Like any other big event.

    "People were frantically looking for their buses, talking on cell phones, asking police for help."

    That sounds like any city after a game or concert, or at bar close. I don't get the point. Is the reporter mad bc he couldn't get a cab?

    August 29, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  23. Latino for Obama

    Just as the Republicans are not prepared for what is coming to them. They won't even know until it hits them.

    August 29, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  24. Bob in Austin, TX.

    I think a month should have been plenty.... Ridiculous.

    August 29, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  25. stuckatinvestco

    thousands of people stuck at the stadium for hours with no signs, no direction, and very little help. We left th stadium with hope and soon were hopeless.

    August 29, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
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