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article imageObama changes venue of DNC, to accept nomination at football stadium

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Jul 8, 2008 in Politics
Barack Obama has decided to shift the venue of his acceptance speech of Democratic nomination to Denver's massive open-air football stadium in an apparent effort to emulate John F. Kennedy, who did the same 48 years ago.
In a dramatic break with tradition, Barack Obama has decided to kick off his official presidential campaign in grand style at the 75,000-seat Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. The change in venue will open up the convention to members of general public. The convention was supposed to take place in front of party delegates, elected officials and volunteers at Denver's 20,000-seat Pepsi Center.
Obama said: "Sometimes our conventions don't feel like they are open to everybody. For us to be able to do it at Invesco Field is an opportunity for 80,000 people, who might not be able to participate, to be able to get involved."
Obama will be trying to repeat his performance at the 2004 Democratic convention when he shot into political prominence with an electrifying speech calling for unity. Obama attracted huge crowds during the primary campaign against Clinton with an estimated 70,000 people in Portland, Oregon being the largest.
Meanwhile, Obama's campaign sent an email to the supporters asking for more donations. The DNC is seen as an opportunity to raise more funds by offering $5 tickets for the convention. In an interesting offer campaign manager David Plouffe said:If you make a donation of $5 or more between now and midnight on July 31st, you could be one of 10 supporters chosen to fly to Denver and spend two days and nights at the convention, meet Barack backstage, and watch his acceptance speech in person.
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