Obama will return to football stadium for convention speech
Obama accepted the Democratic nomination at Denver's Mile High Stadium in 2008.
January 17th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Obama will return to football stadium for convention speech

(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.

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. BLKMANnAmerica

    You go my President........................................Obama is a great President.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  2. rf924

    If it weren't for the mindless derelicts who will be offered a free bowl of soup to show up this loser could hold his speech in a station wagon to hold all of his supporters.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Gpop

      Spoken like a true hater, and yet you still don't like yourself!

      January 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • jean2009

      Now that you have piped up, I think we have heard from the mindless derelict.

      January 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Real Patriot

      Yeah....you remind me that the Repugs were praying for rain 3 years ago to wash out the Denver Speech too-you whiners were after him before he even became President.

      Better start prayin' you guys are in for four more years!

      January 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • Independent Mind

        And so they prayed for rain to ruin the Dem's convention and guess what happened? A devestating hurricane hit the US effectively canceling the first few days of the GOP's convention. Sorry to those who suffered loss in the hurricane for what I am about to say. Hey you Republicans: HA-HA-HA-HA!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • John

      the 6 remaining republicans together could not fill a stadium that holds only 10,000.. People know Obama will go down in history as one of the best presidents. if you are for any of the republicans, then you have no care about your taxes going up, then next 4 years spent undoing everything that has been done (waste of money that will be) and heading back to the Bush days as they all like war. I feel sorry for anyone in the middle or lower class that opposes Obama, I just dont get it, but then either do you.

      January 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • albert

      Maybe you can offer up your trailer park pavilion?

      January 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Trace

      Obama is the problem, he started two unfunded wars, no bid contracts with Haliburton, everyone lose jobs, revenues to the federal government declined as a result the deficits increased. Obama and his VP Joe Biden outed a CIA agent just because she and her husband debunked claims about Saddam having WMD's, which Obama never found of course.

      Obama also allowed for the deregulation of the Financial Markets and then had the temerity to instuitute TARP , tax payer money to bail out the thieves on wallstreet, as he turned it over to the next president....which was...which was.....????

      Wait a minute...It couldn't have been Obama at fault...he hadn't been sworn in yet. Don't you GOP/Tea-Tards, dumber than dirt crowd have any sense of reality? Is it stupidity or willfull ignorance with you people?? Here's a helpful pointer; If you want people that can actually think to support your party and platform, have some facts on your side. Otherwise, you get fools like "rf924" posting total non-sense as the daily installment of "...I couldn't possibly know what I'm talking about as I'm a Faux news troll"

      January 18, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  3. Nicholas

    Mr President just keeps showing these nut-jobs running how to get people involved. Obama's had the hardest job any president has had to deal with in 7 decades (turning around a failing economy). Although the republicans hoped there would have been enthusiasm to get rid of Obama, their hopes have been dashed by the low turnouts so far in their primary and caucus.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  4. C-Lo

    Any coincidence that he is going to B of A stadium (a gov't corporate bailout namesake) vs. coming back to Denver where the stadium was recently re-named Sports Authority Field @ Mile High (a former Bain Capital client)?

    January 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • jean2009

      At least the teapitty minions won't have any excuse to whine about him flying Air Force One to Denver.

      January 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Why, are he, Michelle and the girls jumping in the family truckster with Bo (or is it Beau) to take the scenic route to SC? 🙂

        January 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually your geography is off Charlotte is in North Carolina not South Carolina. Flight time is 55 minutes. Flight time to Denver 2 hours 43 minutes.

        January 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Yeah, I was helping the DNC with their credentials for his West trip highlighting Wyoming instead of Colorado too! I hope you take note, Jean, that I don't jump on those "bandwagons" of the use of AF1 or vacations.

        January 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        And I didn't fault GW Bush for his trips to Texas....it is a 24/7/365 regardless of where they lay their head.

        January 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @ Jean:

        Didn't mean to imply you did, amen that it's 24/7, but sometimes it's 366! By the way, the Charolette I know is in neither NC or SC. She resides down the street from me.

        January 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Real Patriot

      None-take a look man...the convention is in Charlotte not Denver....

      January 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
      • C-Lo

        It was a joke, A JOKE. Take a breath and lighten up a little..."Jeez"

        January 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Trace

      How's it going C-Lo?....my favorite conservative friend. I was still hoping for you and middle of the road steveo to come on over to the side with common sense.....the dems, and support President Obama's re-election.

      I can't help but believe that someone with your intelligence can't possibly stay with the party of delusional paranoia, idiocy and vapid ignorance for much longer. Now's a good time for you to come on over. The atmosphere is great over on the progressive side. Using facts to support our arguments is a daily occurence. The GOP/Tea Pottys have to make -up crap all the time....that's all they do....that's all they got....just pull it out of their nether-regions, as much as it stinks to high heaven.

      Well, I'll let you go now...cause I see jean2009 is getting prepared to blast you with all of the facts. I love that lady.

      Take care fella

      January 18, 2012 at 9:10 am |
      • C-Lo

        Thanks Trace. It's busier than a hive of honey bees for me. I try to keep up a little. My aim is to bring some sense and traditionalism back to my party–not jump from the Titanic to the Costa Concordia! Yes, I understand that I have all the influence of a flea on an Elephant (pun intended), but I believe there are more on my side of the fence than some realize. People like Jean enjoy painting a broad brush that if you call yourself a conservative/Tea Party/GOPer that you automatically are associated with the most radical elements, which is no different than saying all Dems/Liberals are ELF/ALF, baby ki-lling, gun banning beatniks. Democrats generally don't lean in the direction I do on many issues, though we have a Democrat governor in Colorado, Hickenlooper, who is outstanding in my opinion. If he ever ran for Pres, you would see me jump party lines. I think he's actually a DINO.

        I would rather not have one overly dominate party (on either side) as that removes the effectiveness of the awesome checks/balances system we have in this country that most of the rest of the world has, in some fashon, tried to emulate.

        The recent Job Councel recommendations to Obama are very "Republican" in nature–at least from where I sit. I want a smaller, less intrusive gov't (not the Conservative Big Gov't the current GOP seems to lean) and would like to see the GOP get back to those roots. I think they are moving back in that direction on the fringes.

        January 18, 2012 at 9:49 am |
      • C-Lo

        Trace...I have another response (longer) being moderated, but I'm going to throw out one other possibility. Is it possible that most true moderate Republicans are your average everyday joes like me, working 8-5 office jobs and dedicate their down time at work to other things than these posts? I just happen to be a politics junkie–have been since a friend and I predicted the threat to Reagan based on a pattern of presidential illnesses, deaths and as-sinations. It was a pretty profound prediction for a couple of 4th graders!

        I think many of those who "represent" the conservative side here are neither the mainstream nor the base but the fringe who are the "angry white men" conservatives are so often accused of being.

        January 18, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  5. eunice a


    January 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Lefty

      I'm sure he'll sleep better tonight knowing that.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      haven't had enough yet eh?

      January 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  6. simp

    @rf934 "this loser couild hold his speech in a station to hold his supproters"

    LOL!! I love it, what a hater how long did it take you to come up with that one.

    January 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Anyone else find it ironic that he will be at Bank of America stadium? Another venue could not have been found?

    January 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  8. NOvember2012

    He is hoping to replicate his 2008 hype...hahaha. His campaign was directed a President Bush'es policies..the economy, wars, and uniting the country (the great uniter, hope and change). Now is supose he will run against the congress and their record... he certainly can't say I brought hope and change and jobs...and stopped the wars... Now, this should be interesting.

    January 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  9. NOvember2012

    dedicating Monday to what? Double talk meaning: we can't keep people jacked up four days and we would cut it to two days if we could...hahaha

    January 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  10. Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit

    Why do you think Jeb Bush, Chris Christy, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour, etc. etc. decided not to run this cycle? Because they know that Americans are finally awakening to the fact that the GOP ONLY cares about rich people. Most of the "informed" Americans would rather have a president in the White House who knows what it is like to live in the real world.....just like the great man who resides there now. Mitt Romney doesn't have a clue about what my life is like. He also is not very good at creating jobs because when he was Governor of MA, that state ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation. George W. Bush inherited the best economy in the history of this nation and screwed it over and he left Barack Obama the second worse economy except for the Republican created "Great Depression" of 1929 which was preceded by 10 years of almost exclusive Republican rule just like the Republican created "Great Recession" of 2007.
    "Romney for the Millionaires"
    "Obama for the Millions"

    January 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • jean2009

      Don't forget Barbour another new poster child for the Rethugliklans.

      Rethugliklans want to use the term "Food Stamp President" might I remind them, providing for hungry people to eat and helping them, says a lot more about our President. Than those who would let them go hungry....you know the Greedy Old People with their "let them eat cake" mentality.

      January 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  11. george of the jungle

    sounds good . Hope he fills the stadium again. It is not ironic if you read the artical stupid. The thought of ending up with one of the repo clowns as president should send people in droves to the stadium, Obama/Biden 2012

    January 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  12. Jon

    B of A is the name of the stadium and is not own by B of A...ge some common sense before you make dumb statements

    January 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • jean2009

      It is owned by the Carolina Stadium Corporation, but Bank of America purchased the naming rights, for 20 years, in 2004. I am sure that means they invested a few Benjamins' for the right to put their name on the facility.

      January 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  13. NOvember 2012

    oh Monday dedicated to what? Translated: We can't keep people jacked up for the usual four days...we would cut this down to two days if we could. Spin spin spin...

    January 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • jean2009

      I'm sure they know a large crowd can attend with it being a 3 day holiday weekend.

      The GOP 2012 Convention, in Tampa, is a 4 day event...August 27 -30. Monday through Thursday. They will be slugging it out to decide which of the miserable offerings will be the candidate. I'm sure with that lot it will take the extra day.

      January 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
      • NOvember 2012

        sure...thats it...hahaha they are having a heck of a time raising the funds for this fiasco...but WTH!

        January 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  14. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012

    Mitt reminds me of Tricky Dick.
    Morally lacking Gingrinch
    Loony Paul
    Santorum http://oursilverribbon.org/blog/?p=188 How's that for hypocrisy?
    And those Texans... we have had too many of those losers....we are still dealing with the last ones mess...who would want to do that again?

    January 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • NOvember2012

      Have you studies President Nixon? Have you studied LBJ? And, you support a President who has wont even unseal his acidemic records... and those Texans...yes we don't want another LBJ do we?

      If you boy is reelected it might just be what this country needs...to hit a bottom that will take two generations to dig out of. We had 8 years of the clinton mess, 8 of the poor leadership of Bush, and now four of all talk and politics...we need a qualified and moral president...and I hope we get one before it is too late.

      January 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
      • jean2009

        I'm 76, I don't have to research either Nixon or LBJ....I lived them, however I have read books about each. BTW how old are you 12?

        FYI...I am absolutely certain our president who graduated from Occidental College, has a B.A from Columbia University, graduated magna sum laude from Harvard with a law degree, was elected President of the prestigious Harvard Law Review by his piers, served 8 years as a Illinois State Senator, was chairman of the Illinois Health and Human Services Committee, served 4 years as a U.S. Senator, taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago for 12 years, chaired and was president of several world known foundations, has written 6 books, and is currently the President of the United States, didn't get to that point by being a slough at academics.

        Unlike you, I'm not so ignorant as to be harping like some 4th grader that he has to produce his report card.

        I was born when Roosevelt was president. Also, Clinton was not a mess he left this country in pretty sound shape.

        Current we have an absolutely well qualified and moral president...it is my opinion you are simply to ignorant to know it.

        January 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        sorry peers.

        January 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
      • NOvember2012

        so where exactly are his academic records? Since he graduated magna cum laude JD, I'm sure he wouldn't be ashamed to show his clas ranking and GPA. We have a few state reps in our State who I would say are as qualified as BO too..in fact all of them. And, you failed to mention his work as a US Senator...dismal record, certainly not one to crow about...as was JFKs (who almost got us nuked). Clinton, I would say desigrated the white house... and, 76 eh? How could you be so angry and stupid at 76? You...my dear have no peers...I hope.

        January 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • NOvember 2012

        obama attended occidental for two years then graduated from columbia and graduated from harvard. He refuses to release his academic records...some question his magna cum laude JD. He stated he was a professor of law at the chicago law school...in fact he was a lecturer and "taught three classes a year". Now the law school did finally send a letter saying senior lecturers were considered professors..hahaha. His career as a state senator is bland by any standard and so was his four years in the US Senate (missed a lot of votes and etc.)

        Sorry Jean I don't see the sterling resume... those who can do and those who can't just lecture and act as though they are doing something.

        I don't know how anyone could live to be your age (allegedly 76) and be so gullible and angry.

        January 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  15. duce

    I wonder if he'll have the greek columns again?

    January 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  16. Ryan

    BofA Stadium = My Lost Vote.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  17. Granger

    will anyone actually be there. No more whooping hype now that all his rhetoric produced and gave us higher debt, higher unemployment and he showed every he's a poor excuse for leadership. All he has done is play golf and blame, blame and add some more blame to that. He's an embarrassment.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      there is always the left wing fringe nut cases... they will be there. After all it is a three day weekend...as though these people might work for a living, hahaha.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  18. Dolores DiBiase

    Couldn't the President find a better place for his acceptance speech besides the Bank of America Stadium??? BOA may not own this stadium but one of the most hated banks in America by name is not the place to have Americans conger up bad memories and associations. Who thinks of these things? Americans play the free association game at election time...this is not a good association.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:27 am |