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Obama Opts to Accept Nomination at Denver Stadium

Sen. Barack Obama will forgo the Democratic convention floor when he accepts the Democratic nomination in August, opting instead to speak at the 75,000-seat stadium of the Denver Broncos. A reporter from the Denver Post discusses the decision.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Barack Obama's announcement today that he will give his convention speech at Denver's outdoor football stadium means that 75,000 people will be on hand when he accepts his party's nomination for president.

    For more on that and what that means for both the Democratic Party and the host city of Denver, we're joined by Chuck Plunkett, reporter for the Denver Post.

    Welcome, Chuck.

  • CHUCK PLUNKETT, The Denver Post:

    Glad to be here, Gwen. Thanks for having me.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Give us a sense of the difference. We were planning to be in Pepsi Center the night of the acceptance speech. Now we're talking about going to Invesco Field. What's the difference between the two?

  • CHUCK PLUNKETT:

    Well, the Pepsi Center holds about 20,000 people. And Invesco Field can hold 76,000 or more, if you allow people down on the football field.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Which we're assuming might happen in this case?

  • CHUCK PLUNKETT:

    Quite possibly. A lot of this is still being finalized.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    You say it's being finalized. Has the Democratic National Committee given local reporters, local city officials any sense about what a difference this is going to make?

  • CHUCK PLUNKETT:

    There will be a media walkthrough that's already scheduled. It takes place tomorrow at the Pepsi Center, where some of those plans will take place.

    I know that there's a lot of discussion going on right now. One of the things we're trying to do is figure out how it's exactly supposed to work.

    But the idea is that Obama opens the doors to Invesco Field and lets in 50,000 or more of his grassroots-type supporters who have been so much a part of his campaign. And he wants to break tradition with the way things have been done and bring them into the fold, as opposed to just the credentialed few, so to speak.

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