Monday, July 7, 2008
Let’s get this party started!
In a break with tradition, Barack Obama, will accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the 76, 000 seat Invesco Field Stadium at Mile High, rather than at the site of the party’s national convention across town.
Democratic party officials said the decision to move Obama’s speech on the final night of the Aug. 24-28 convention to the giant open-air football field of the Denver Broncos was a natural extension of the Illinois senator’s efforts to open up the political process.
In a conference call with reporters, DNC Chairman Howard Dean said he was “delighted” about the change in venue for the convention speech. He batted away questions about logistical challenges and added costs the change would produce, saying those things would be worked out in the coming weeks.
Obama is known for drawing huge crowds to many of his speeches. In May, a record 75,000 jammed into a riverside park in Portland, Ore., to hear him speak shortly before that state’s primary.