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. Bill

    Obama has not run or done anything...only an idiot would elect him president. He's just a smooth talker who has a lot of uninformed folks (to steal his word) in a daze! He should go back to Rev. Wright where he belongs!

    August 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Travis


    August 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. kb

    Sorry, but where does popularity = ego, arrogance. How about JEALOUSY, which is all McCain and his camp seem to care about.

    Obama 08

    August 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Gabby's Mom

    McCain should get over the celebrity cramp! He's the wannabe celebrity appearing on all of these talk shows trying his hand at being a comedian. Has he been checked for Alzheimer's since he can't seem to remember simply things. Do we really want someone like that running the country?!

    August 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Republicans for Obama

    Put a fork in McCain, he's done. Obama will be up by ten next week after this speech, McCain turns 72, and Katrina's anniversary is made more prominent by Gustav. Ted Stevens and his "experience" are not helping either.

    August 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Tim

    Wish I could be there!!!!

    Obama 08!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. the weather breaks Obama's way :)

    Gallup had OBAMA BACK UP BY 6!!! Thank you Clintons. Thank you for killing the false feud. We love you!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Steve From Dallas

    After listening to the Clintons... im now willing to hear Obama out...

    I LOVE The Clintons, but they can not deliver my vote.

    Obama needs to sell himself now.

    August 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Tex Ann

    This just seems like overkill to me.

    And here's my biggest gripe- how the hey is this country & its people EVER going to get over the "race" issue if the media keeps bringing it up every single chance it gets. Even during the "roll call vote" (and don't even get me started on that), people kept referring to "the first African American this, and the first African American that...." Dadgum people, we're all American. We need to drop that African or Hispanic or whatever ethnic group you put in front of it and just be AMERICANS. Putting some ethnic name in front of it just serves to continue the division of races. We can SEE what ethnic group someone might be from- we don't need to be told every single time. How would people like it if someone insisted being called White American? That would go over like a lead balloon (or worse). So why do we need to constantly put some ethnic identifier in front of every other group? Can't we just all ben Americans and be concerned for what is best for all Americans?

    August 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. paulie_nj

    Get real! They are all there for the entertainment, not Obama. Alot of headliners are scheduled to appear, that's who all of the people are there to see.

    August 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. SANTE


    August 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Mike

    Idiocracy being made tonight.


    August 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Ronnie Smith, Cincinnatti, OH

    CNN is another regional campaign headquarters of Obama. Keep it up, CNN. You believe that your ratings will stay high by supporting Obama, and once he loses in Nov, there will be a pie on all your faces, and you will have zero credibility and nobody will want to watch you.


    August 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I just found out that the exciting and unprecedented ad that McCain is going to air tonight is a congrat to Obama, "A job well done" commercial, which is nice. Especially when Obama and the rest of the party have taken off their gloves and are ready to fight all of the dirty tricks he's ready to unpack.

    August 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    swimmingly, an impenetrable thicket of words. this is how blue blooded Mitt Romney talks. only to please himself. he is pretentious and childish. he is not vice presidential material.

    August 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Regardless if one supports Obama or not , those criticizing this speech and this moment in history are clueless as to the historic significance of this nomination and what this country has achieved in nominating an African Amercian for Presdient. All Amercians, even those who support McCain, should be cognizant and proud of the anguish this country has gone through to achieve this milestone. Even John McCain is putting out an Ad today congratulating Obama for this achievement. You don't have to support Obama if you do not want too. But if you continue to criticize this moment and fail to participate in this country's pride and the example it has set for the world by way of the progress it has made regarding human rights then YOU ARE NOT AN AMERICAN.

    August 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    I wish I could be there also!



    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I'd like to thank those of you who have enlightened the uninformed as to the use of the columns. Those people who thought it was a Greek set must be taking their low-information views from Faux News.

    I don't believe Obama will drive us to socialism, as Virginia Wilson insinuated, but why is socialism so bad? Do you know how many socialist countries (mainly in Europe) have better healthcare, better education, higher average wages, lower infant mortality, lower poverty rates, longer life spans, lower suicide rates, et al? The United States lags behind most of those countries in most of those categories. So why is socialism a four-letter word??

    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. No McCain 08

    MCCAIN WILL WIN, why are you yelling? You are protesting too much! 🙂

    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Jews for Obama

    Looks like all of the backwards-thinking haters will be drowned out tonight!


    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Anita from Arizona

    This is whole a country should come together. In unity and for the people. "Oh I'm proud to be an American. Where at least I know I'm free....."

    Singing a little Ray Charles "Ole Beautiful.."

    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. John from Illinois

    For all the Republican commentators on here, I've voted republican for 20 years. Not this year. No way, no how, No McCain. And there are a lot more republicans and independants defecting Obama's way, so for all those who are so sure McCain will win in November. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid. Your time is over.

    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. LLR

    It is great to see this interest in the American process. When was the last time we had this kind of excitment? So sad that with all the postive said about McCain last night he is determined to pull down only negative comments. I don't remember during this process of hearing anything positive that McCain has said about Obama or any other person who is in this process. Too bad! Just show though the people standing outside is waiting to see Obama is wanting a new America.

    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Q

    Emergency room = Healthcare for all Americans incl we the illegals ..yay...

    Where are these republicans from ?

    August 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Let's Unite

    To PUMA 4 OBAMA and anyone else in the same situation:

    I would like to sincerely say,


    August 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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