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

Scenes from the Trail: The line starts early at Invesco


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!

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. Lieing republican scum

    Listen all of you lieing republican trash, he will cut your tax's unless you make over 250k a year, get a clue you dumb lieing scumbags. So sick of these lie's.

    August 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Mike from CA.

    It's amazing reading all the stupid coments on these blogs, all the garbage spewed as facts by the ignorant, when these days, all it takes is a few minutes to check it out. Obviously facts will not stand in their small minded way. I think it will probably take another 50 years before this hateful bunch is long dead and gone before we mostly all come together.

    August 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Bob

    America's history is being updated tonight before our very eyes.
    Why did it take so many lives needlessly to get us here?

    This has to happen and the deck is stacked against the Republican Party. This will be proof that their philosophy is truely flawed!
    God's Speed to the American Dream.

    August 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. What?

    Obama has a RIGHT to have his speech Wherever he pleases. Those who have something negative to say, stop fishing for Obama news and get busy sending those begging…..ops….invitation to help make the 3000 show up at McBush/GOP convention.

    Better yet go to block buster and rent McBush movies he started in…..then you’ll see who really should have been in those ads with Paris and Britney.

    Jealousy is a ugly thing........................


    August 28, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Ron Pab,San Francisco



    MC CAIN /ROMNEY 2008

    HILLIARY 2012

    August 28, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Lacy

    the RNC is now crticizing the stage set. For being like a "greek temple".

    Nevermind that DC is full to busting with corinthian columns that McCain has been photographed in many many times.

    How DARE the democrats set up a stage for a presidential nominee that echoes the architecture of DC!

    August 28, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Ed North Carolina

    You'd think there would be some sensitivity to the "celebrity" ads that are, quite frankly, hitting home with some folks. Why the Greek columns as a background? What's wrong with the good old American flag?

    August 28, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. LeAnn

    I read this on a blog earlier today... can't remember which one... but the blogger basically said that McCain trying to step over Obama's storyline of history shows that he doesn't put his country first.

    We have nominated our first African American be to be the candidate of a major party. And the fact that Barack is accepting on the 40th anniversary of MLK's I Have A Dream speech is enchanting.
    McCain announcing his VP, and his attack ad tonight shows that he is putting himself first by trying to tamp down the significance of today.

    I don’t know if I said it correctly, but I hope you all get what I’m trying to say….

    August 28, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    They should not even allow the talking heads in the field. Gives more standing room for the people who really want to be there.

    August 28, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. ET from OMAHA

    McSame promises very exciting ad what did I see:
    They just don't get it yet. They can start a new war with Russia or attack Iran THEY WILL LOSE.
    AMERICAN'S GET IT: Not this time.

    August 28, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Debby

    Oh please it will only be historic if Obama practices what he preaches about not raising taxes. As far as universal health care if that goes through plan on less doctors and more lawyers down the roard as we will get the bottom of the barrel for treatment and more malpractice suits. Ask any surgeon if they want universal health care.

    August 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. No Thanks, McCain!

    McCain is giving us too many examples on a daily basis of how out of touch he is. I have supported Hillary in the past, but what she said is true – we just have too much at stake to even think about supporting McCain. Right now the nation is clinging to the last threads of the healthcare that is only offered as a big-ticket luxury item.

    August 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. The BOTTOM Line......

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN........

    August 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. ObamaIsTheOnlyChoice

    good're complaining about the STAGE!!! How stupid can some people be....I mean really! Does it matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The McIdiots are so desperate that they have to complain about the freaking STAGE!!!!!!
    This on the same day that McIdiot's adviser tells everyone to just use the ER when they're sick....the SAME WAY BUSH DID IN JULY 07!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Thed Weller

    It's so sad to me that so many so called "Hillary" supporters are voting for obviously we simply "Anti-Obama" voters which are an uninformed, petty and small person...or, are just a racist. Either way...get over it!

    August 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. nick

    It will be great!

    August 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Beverly, NYC

    Deborah @ 3"44 if you want a work horse in the white house shouldn't you go with the guy who will work on weekends. Rather than the one who needs a daily nap and snack.

    August 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Mike - Texas

    Looks like rain.

    August 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. SDW

    Easily led my behind!! This is an historical event and Obama DESERVES his moment. He fought hard and he fought fair and because of that he will accept the nomination tonight. He will be the first AFRICAN AMERICAN to have won the nomination of a major political party in the United States. This is no small feat considering that just 40 something years ago, black people couldn't even vote in this country. If you even tried to register to vote, you could be killed. And if you were white or jew or anyone trying to help the cause, you were considered a threat. Hate him or love him, you should be PROUD that the country has come this far. You should be glad that you are alive to witness history whether you like him or not. But the small minded people won't get it, so excuse me and move out of my way while the rest of us who do get it, CELEBRATE!!!

    Go Obama!

    August 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. independent for obama

    this will be great!

    August 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Onlooker

    Wow I grew up with a prejudice father and grandfather (maternal). It's refreshing to see that there are so many other white people supporting a person of color to run this nation. This is truly historical.
    It will be very interesting to see what happens over the next couple of months as this proceeds. The debates best stick to the issues and not stoop to personal attacks. If they do I have a feeling the Reps will be devoured. It would be nice to see a landslide instead of the to close running of the past couple years.

    August 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Jim

    I can't wait!

    August 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Greg Ebert, Portland, OR

    Obama drew an elated crowd of 75,000 here in Portland back in May, and I'm sure he will do even better in Denver tonight.

    On the other hand, McCain's biggest crowd to-date has been a paltry 3000. McCain is so far out-of-touch with REAL America that he will never draw an audience anywhere near that size.

    If the November election is anything short of a complete landslide for Obama, it's proof positive there was rampant election fraud.

    August 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. JMarie

    We have made progress on being color-blind. a very proud day.

    August 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Onlooker

    I believe the columns best represent "justice" and "law" as just about every courthouse in the US has them.

    August 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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