January 17th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
(CNN) – Hoping to summon the energy surrounding his 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will again accept his party’s nomination for president next September at a football stadium that seats nearly 80,000 people.
The president will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium - home of the Carolina Panthers - in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Tuesday. In 2008, Obama accepted his party’s nomination at Denver’s Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos) instead of the much smaller Pepsi Center where the rest of the convention was held.
That event marked the first convention speech in nearly five decades to be delivered in such a large venue (the last being John F. Kennedy’s 1960 acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.)
The rest of this year’s Democratic convention will be held at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, as 20,000-seat basketball and hockey arena.
The DNCC also announced the convention program will shrink to three days instead of the usual four and will kick off at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to mark a day of community service.
“Dedicating Monday, September 3rd to families and the community hosting the convention will help show the world what we can do when we out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world and build an economy that creates opportunity for all,” DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan said in an e-mail to supporters.
Obama’s speech will come the last day of the convention, Thursday, September 6.