Obama chooses Stadium over Convention Center

Barack Obama announced today that he will not give the traditional speech accepting the Democratic nomination for President at the Pepsi Center in Denver, site of the Democratic National Convention. Instead, on the last night of the convention Obama will speak at INVESCO Field, a 75,000-seat stadium that normally hosts the Denver Broncos, in a huge (and free) rally of his supporters.

Barack has made it clear that this is your convention, not his” the e-mail from the Obama campaign said. “On Thursday, August 28th, he’s scheduled to formally accept the Democratic nomination in a speech at the convention hall in front of the assembled delegates. Instead, Barack will leave the convention hall and join more than 75,000 people for a huge, free, open-air event where he will deliver his acceptance speech to the American people.”

Considering this is a politician that prides himself on being different from others, this move seems fitting. Obama gained popularity and financial support from his huge rallies, so it makes sense that he would want the most important speech to be in front of 75,000 people, and not the (large, but not 75,000-seat-stadium large) crowd at the convention. But an important and critical question remains if Senator Obama plans this rally in an outdoor stadium: how will you do the balloon drop???


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