Obama will accept nomination at Invesco Field (Update)

Word leaking out that Obama may end up accepting the Democratic nomination at Invesco Field rather than the Pepsi Center. The goal, of course, being able to show over 76,000 people supporting Obama instead of the smaller 21,000 people at the Pepsi Center.

Story from AOL News:

DENVER (AP) – Barack Obama’s campaign is considering having him accept the Democratic presidential nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High instead of the Pepsi Center, the chosen site for the Democratic National Convention, two people with knowledge of convention planning said Thursday.

The two spoke on condition of anonymity because nothing has been confirmed.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said no decisions have been made.

Representatives for the convention host committee and Mayor John Hickenlooper declined to comment or said they did not know about the proposal. Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

Democratic National Convention Committee spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth said, “There’s nothing to announce.”

The convention will be held Aug. 25-28 at the Pepsi Center, with Obama scheduled to accept the Democratic presidential nomination on the final night, which also is the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in 1963.

Obama would be the first black nominee of a major political party.

The Pepsi Center’s Web site says it can hold 21,000 people for special events. Invesco Field at Mile High, where the Denver Broncos play, seats more than 76,000.

Probably a good move since a stadium full of people would look more impressive than a smaller events center.

Update:

Confirmed, Obama will be accepting the nomination at Invesoc Field, story from AOL News:

NEW YORK (AP) – In a break with tradition, Barack Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination in Denver at Invesco Field at Mile High, a 76,000-seat stadium, instead of the Pepsi Center, site of the party’s national convention.

“For us to be able to do it in Invesco Field is an opportunity for 80,000 people who might otherwise not have been able to participate to get involved,” Obama said in St. Louis.

With the move, Obama will emulate John F. Kennedy, the last candidate in either party to deliver an acceptance speech in a large outdoor stadium before a crowd of tens of thousands. Kennedy spoke at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960.

The decision was announced as party chairman Howard Dean batted away questions about delayed work and reported cost-overruns at the Pepsi Center, where Democrats will hold their convention Aug. 25-28.

Last month, the convention’s host committee reported it was nearly $12 million short of the $40.6 million it had pledged to raise for the effort. Host committee members spoke openly of needing the Obama campaign’s help to close the gap.

Dean said the convention was operating on budget, and Obama senior adviser Anita Dunn said the campaign was helping.

“The fact that the nomination was not decided until the beginning of June – clearly many donors would have hung back a little to see if the candidate of their choice was going to get the nomination,” Dunn said.

The media is dubbing it a “rock star” acceptance. The goal of having a stadium full of 75,000 eager supporters will be impressive on television. Who knows if it will be as meaningful as the campaign hopes.