The already shortened Democrat convention in Charlotte just shrank a little bit more. Convention officials announced this morning
that Obama's acceptance speech at Bank of America stadium is being
scrapped and moved inside the vastly smaller convention hall.
The stadium seating capacity was 75,000. The hall? About 20,000. Obama was supposed to take the stage at Bank of America stadium in Charlotte Thursday night for the grand finale of the convention.
The stadium has the capacity to seat over 73,000 people and the Democrats
were giving away tickets left and right and planning to bus people in to
fill the seats. Now they have downsized and will hold the event in the
Time Warner arena that only has the capacity for 20,000. They are
blaming it on the weather, but I heard on the radio that local
meteorologists said that Thursday is supposed to be the nicest day all
week.The Daily Mail has the details:
Democrats today announced that President Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday
night will move from the vast Bank of America stadium to the
much-smaller Time Warner indoor arena.
While organisers blamed weather forecasts of lightning, the switch means that
Obama has avoided the possibility of having to accept his party’s
nomination before a partially-empty stadium. Just hours earlier,
officials had been insisting the speech would go ahead in the stadium
‘rain or shine’.‘We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports
predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move
Thursday’s proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety
and security of our delegates and convention guests,’ said convention
chief Steve Kerrigan.
But convention sources exclusively told the MailOnline on Tuesday that the real reason behind the switch was fears within the Obama campaign that there would be large numbers of
empty seats in the 74,000-seater stadium.
The Time Warner arena has a capacity of just over 20,000. (Read More)
Regardless of whether or not they could have filled the BofA stadium, there are
sure going to be a lot of angry Democrats.
The DNC is urging them to throw house parties to watch the event. Heh, maybe they’re hoping it
will help boost their ratings, which were way down on the first night compared to ratings in 2008.
There were also fewer viewers of Michelle Obama’s speech than Ann Romney’s speech at the RNC.Update: Speaking of stormy weather, not one of the prime time speakers on night one of the Democrats’ convention mentioned the victims of Hurricane Isaac.
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