Report: Clinton Considering Outdoors Stadium for Acceptance Speech
Hillary Clinton was scheduled to accept the Democratic nomination on July 28th in the Wells Fargo Center.
According to a report from Mark Dent of BillyPenn, however, there are discussions about moving the acceptance speech to another venue.
“It’s a good idea by the way, too,” he said. “It engages people and gets people involved.”
During the 2008 DNC, then-Senator Barack Obama chose to give his acceptance address at Invesco Field, a 76,000+ seat stadium and home of the Denver Broncos. The thought was that the speech would look more impressive in a large outdoor football stadium as compared to a smaller indoor basketball/hockey arena.
In 2012, President Obama planned to do this again but weather forced them back inside. There were rumblings, though, that Democrats were worried about the optics if they couldn’t fill Charlotte’s 72,000 seat stadium.
That might rule out Lincoln Financial Field, although Citizens Bank Park has a more reasonable 43,000+ seat capacity. Ashburn Alley also allows the construction of a stage without blocking out any seats.
The Democratic National Convention Committee, however, denied the report.
“This is absolutely incorrect,” DNCC Deputy Press Secretary Morgan Finkelstein stated. “There is no talk of changing venue. The Convention will take place in the Wells Fargo Arena from Monday through Thursday and any speculation to the contrary is misinformed.”