In a last minute change, Democrat officials say President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention to be delivered at the Bank of America Stadium will be relocated.
Aides blame weather concerns for the disruption, according to the NY Times. Throughout the week, critics wondered aloud if Obama would be able to fill the stadium, and if not, how the cameras panning rows of empty seats might affect his campaign.
“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, the convention’s top official.
The Bank of America Stadium coronation was expected to provide a grandiose setting for Mr. Obama’s speech. Four years ago he accepted the party’s nomination at Invesco Field in Denver. The campaign hailed it as an opportunity to organize tens of thousands of grass-roots supporters. However, during this election cycle the Democrats have seen smaller, possibly indicating less enthusiastic crowds attending Obama’s speeches, according to the N.Y. Times.