President 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.
Update 2: Scared Monkeys linked – thanks!