Inclement weather forces DNC to move Obama’s acceptance speech to Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday
President Barack Obama will formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination tomorrow night at the Time Warner Cable Arena – a significantly smaller venue than the original outdoor site at the Bank of America Stadium – due to inclement weather.
“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 Steve Kerrigan, Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee.
Thunderstorms are expected to hit the Charlotte area today and tomorrow, according to WSOC-TV.
The move to the indoor venue will reduce the audience capacity by half. Time Warner Cable Arena has a maximum capacity of 20,000 seats whereas the Bank of America stadium could seat up to 73,778 people. That means as many as 65,000 “community credential” holders will not be able to attend President Obama’s much-anticipated speech tomorrow night.
However, the President is holding a conference call tomorrow afternoon with those who won’t be able to attend; the call-in information will be emailed directly to the credential holders.
“We will work with the campaign to ensure that those unable to attend tomorrow’s event will be invited to see the President between now and election day,” said Kerrigan.
Visit DemConvention.com for the latest updates.
- 2012 Democratic National Convention’s website
- WSOC-TV’s weather forecasts
- Time Warner Cable Arena’s website
- Bank of America Stadium’s website