There has been speculation for much of the week that the DNC would have to shift their convention site to a smaller venue for fear that the President Empty Chair would be on live television talking to a lot of … well … empty chairs.
Speculation has become reality now, as they are relocating the President’s speech from Bank of America Stadium to a much smaller Time Warner Cable Arena.
The capacity for BOA Stadium is roughly 65,000 people, whereas the new arena only seats about 20,000.
Of course, CBS dutifully bought the DNC’s reasoning for the change…
Democrats are significantly downsizing the final night of their national convention, moving the events — including President Obama’s acceptance speech — from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena because of threats of thunder and lightning.
Of course, as Ben White points out, there is only a 40% chance of afternoon showers in the Charlotte area, hardly a major threat of lightning storms, and certainly not cause for worry over 24 hours out.
The question here is – Which is the word they take more offense to, ‘bank’ or ‘America’?
President Obama will be delivering his acceptance speech at the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte in early September. Recent campaign e-mails have been touting the event, held at Panther Stadium.
Problem is, there’s no venue by that name in Charlotte.
National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as “Panthers Stadium.”
It’s the place where the Panthers play, but it’s actually called Bank of America stadium.
A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap “Thursday night at Panthers Stadium with President Obama.”
Another email in June made the same pitch about the stadium.
A host committee spokeswoman didn’t respond to an email. But it’s not like the stadium was ever called Panthers Stadium – first opened in 1996, it was Carolinas Stadium, and later Ericsson Stadium. Then the current corporate iteration.
Here is a copy of Brazile’s e-mail (h/t Outside the Beltway):