Weather forces thousands to lose access to Obama speech

CHARLOTTE — About 65,000 people have lost their chance to see the president accept the Democratic nomination in person due to potential thunderstorms, organizers said.

President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech of the Democratic nomination will be moved to a smaller venue due to predicted inclement weather, said the Democratic National Convention Committee.

The speech, which was scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Bank of America Stadium, will be moved to the Time Warner Cable Arena, an indoor venue where the rest of conventions proceedings occurred.

“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 DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan in an email Wednesday morning.

65,000 people obtained community credentials to the anticipated speech. Although many will be disappointed that they will not be able to see the President in person, Kerrigan added, there will be a conference call held for all credential holders Thursday evening before Obama’s acceptance speech.

The community credentials program was a major component to making the convention the most open and accessible in history.


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