August 28th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Scenes from the Trail: The line starts early at Invesco

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The lines were long early in the day to get into Invesco Field (Mathieu Young/CNN)

Denver (CNN) - Charlie Dominguez is spending his 47th birthday standing in line at Invesco Field hoping he will be able to count a ticket to Sen. Barack Obama's Thursday night acceptance speech among his birthday gifts.

"It's just to be close," Dominguez said. "Everybody's electrified. I want a chance for the glimpse, ya know?"

Dominguez, who hails from traditionally-red Kansas, said he was always a registered Republican until this year when he switched his registration to Democratic.

Watch live shots of Invesco Field on CNN.com/live!

A few ticket-holders and would-be attendees arrived at Invesco Field by 9 a.m. By noon, the line for entrance included roughly a thousand people, a reporter estimated.

The campaign expects roughly 75,000 people in attendance when Obama officially accepts the Democratic presidential nomination.

soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. KW

    Congrates Obama!!!!! It was a long rough road, but that makes it that much sweeter.

    You better dig in, because the Rep. will be bring every dirty trick know to man. They will be counting on the ignorance of the american people to win the election with their ads. God speed!!

    Congrate Hillary!!!! You did an awsome job too. I'm sure you will get another chance. And you can count me in for a vote. Thanks

    August 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. What?

    YES, YES, YES. GO OBAMA, GO OBAMA........A CHANGE IS GONNA COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    August 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. CT voter

    I am disgusted by that Obama messaih poster's remark in that Mccain health care article. He compare's live's and desease's to cars, to hunks of metal, to house insurance, to hunks of wood. This is the mentality of some of these twisted republicans.

    August 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Deb, Allentown, PA

    We had better hope that BO wins this election, or any of us who don't make at least $1M will be SOL.

    And I love how the McCain campaign is scrambling to disavow John Goodman, the advisor who made the comment that there are no uninsureds in the U.S. He is president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank and helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy.

    I'm going to bet that we hear that Mr. Goodman doesn't speak for John McCain, just like John McCain doesn't speak for John McCain.

    Oh, and then to boot, Putin confirmed what many suspected – the Georgian conflict was started by Georgia in an attempt to paint McCain in a favorable light for the election. I believe Putin a heckuva lot more than I believe anything that comes out of the slimy GOP.

    August 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Michael

    Stage looks like something Cesar would address his subjects from. And he is only a presidential candidate. One can only imagine what kind of stage he would speak from if President. Kind of makes me think of those ads McCain ran about "The One".
    Why not just a simple platform befitting the common man? Humm?

    August 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Mzbabby!

    I am so excited and proud of Senator Obama! Congratulations also to Senator Biden! And a word to all you hard to die Senator Clinton supporters: 'We are all very proud of Senator Clinton. She ran a good race; but its over for her now but her career is not over, remember, she's still a Senator; we need her on the floor...I encourage you to follow her lead and let's move on to win in the fall! '

    August 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Deborah

    A Big FAKE Show for the Show Horse!

    We need a Work Horse in the White House!

    8 years of an ego manic without substance are enough!

    McCain 08

    August 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. D&D

    Hey Terry, don't you feel like ...ALONE in your comments?

    August 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    I can't wait to see this. It will be a night to remember and something to tell your children , grandchildren great grands.

    August 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Rob

    Speaking of jealousy, does anyone else think the GOP painting Obama as a narcissistic rock star is just out of envy? They are just jealous that they had to downsize the venue for the GOP convention while the DNC was upsized. Obama might be acting a little rock star-ish, but it's just clear that people are excited about a regime change.

    August 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Jeronimo!

    Wish I were there... Attendees are in for a treat.

    August 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. conservative

    Maybe Obama could take a couple of fish along and feed the multitude!!!

    August 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. JohnBoy

    Have your rock star show tonight Obama. That will be the end of you. No American would support you, or your left wing ideas. Americans will vote for John McCain to keep the USA safe and no higher TAXES. Have your fun, enjoy the rock star status while you can. We are seeing the end of the Democats. Soon the Republicans will take the House and Congress back, Americans have had enough of your no morals, no ideas platform. Tax the Rich will not work and the working people will not allow anymore TAX INCREASES.

    John McCain 08

    August 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Greg

    The question of the night will be..."was Invesco large enough to fit Obama's ego?"

    Let the disaster begin...

    August 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. C - CT

    Ahhhhhhh ! Another "Woodstock" Where have all the flowers gone? Just memories. It was great while it was going on, but now we need reality! This is the real world and our NEEDS are real and great. We need action not words! We need the results experience gets. Not on the job training for the "greatest book ever written" after the event.

    August 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Carl Justus

    This will be an exciting event and the republicans, especially McCain if so jealous that they cannot even come close to having that many people come to hear an exceptance speech.
    It is sad that we have a candidate from the republican party that cannot tell the people what he believes and what his policies are without having read them from cue card or tele prompter. He needs someone write down what he needs to say, just like Bush.

    August 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. James From Chicago

    Does Obama really think this circus act is going to get him elected???

    NOT...

    August 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Sherry

    McKinney - what planet are you on? This is an historic night for ALL Americans. The world will be watching; and John McCain is trying to take away not only Mr. Obama's night, but the historic nature of it all - he is a true loser! And to all of you who say McCain has "family values," I can't wait until his ex-wife starts speaking out about how he treated her; and that horrible remark he made about a then-young Chelsea Clinton - this man has not a sensible bone in his body.

    August 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Abby

    Hillary supporter for McCain, praying for rain is horrible thing to do- perhaps that’s why Hurricane Gutav is cn hits way to steal the thunder during republican weak because of people like you praying for silly things. And I pray that the hurricane missies the US and the republicans get all the air time in the world. Our message is better then theirs and I’m not afraid that people listen to the. Why are you???

    August 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Latina for Obama...NJ

    Hillary supporter...if it rains it will be a blessing from the sky..dont you know that????

    August 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Joe Cheesehead, WI

    There is “Senator McCain” who most grew to like/love whatever suites you. For me his maverick stature is nothing but a myth.

    Then there is “presidential candidate McCain” that we all have come to dislike. Why you ask? Plain and simple, the “straight talk express” had morphed into the “Straight Lie Express”.

    Its sad to see McCain embrace the very painful tactics that Bush/Rove applied on him in 2000 and this has changed him from the proud public servant he was to this bitter and angry unsure person we see today who can barely speak his mind leave alone tell the truth of knowing how many houses he owns or whether truthfully he has picked a VP or not.

    McCain you have failed the test because that is not the change we are looking for.

    August 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Walter Derwa

    yeah the Bill Maher statement was fantastic:
    "Obama is a big star, causing a lot of interest and excitement and playing a huge outdoor venue. McCain is a lounge act with Gary Puckett & The Union Gap opening for him!"

    Oh McCain what an angry, outdated, wrinkly and bitter old man have you become!

    August 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Hillary supporter for McCain

    Doing the Rain dance right now. Rain Rain in Denver on this parade. HIllary in 2012

    August 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Joy

    We want to hear the speeches made by everyone. Please, CNN, we do not want to hear your opinions. Too much of that and not enough of the speeches. It is bad manners to be talking when someone is giving a speech. Leave the pundits for after the speeches have been heard. Come on CNN – we want to hear what these people have to say from their own mouths not from your talking heads.

    August 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. CT voter

    CNN your health care story about Mccain has over 300 replies, why isn't it at the top of the page!

    August 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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