Obama Planning Huge Convention Rally

Democratic nominee will give speech before 76,000-seat stadium
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 9:24 AM CDT
Supporter reacts to Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama,D-Ill., during a campaign rally Sunday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.    (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama isn’t canceling the last day of the Democratic National Convention, as was rumored earlier this week—he’s turning it into a massive rally at the Denver Bronco’s Invesco Field, sources tell the Los Angles Times. Obama is confident he can fill the 76,000-seat stadium for his acceptance speech—the Pepsi Center, where the first 3 days of the convention are being held, holds just 19,000—but some worries remain about security and the possibility of rain.

The unusual move would mirror John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech in 1960, which was delivered at the LA Memorial Coliseum, and mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama’s campaign wouldn’t confirm the story, saying coyly, “We think Thursday night in Denver will be very special.”