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Obama campaign has an arena fallback plan in case of rain
Politico ^ | 9/03/12 | BYRON TAU

Posted on 09/03/2012 1:31:31 PM PDT by Libloather

Obama campaign has an arena fallback plan in case of rain
By BYRON TAU | 9/3/12 8:35 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama's campaign said Monday they would move his primetime address to the Democratic convention inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in downtown Charlotte in the event of rain.

"We're still hopeful that we can speak in the stadium," deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said on MSNBC's Daily Rundown.

"We always knew that this could be part of the plan," Cutter said. "We'll make a call sometime in the near future about whether to move it indoors."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charlotte; convention; dnc; rain
Time to decide. Busloads of zombies are on the way.
1 posted on 09/03/2012 1:31:39 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
I thought earlier reports said that the event would be in the stadium, rain or shine, and would be moved inside only in the case of severe weather.

I wonder if their confidence is shaken.

2 posted on 09/03/2012 1:35:03 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Libloather

What is the seating capacity of the respective two venues, again?


3 posted on 09/03/2012 1:37:02 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: aposiopetic
Looks like they're playing it both ways:

On the upside, moving the speech indoors to the Time Warner arena solves the Obama campaign's problem of trying to fill a stadium with more than 70,000 seats.

UPDATE: DNC officials said at a Monday press conference that the event will go forward rain or shine, unless severe weather raises safety concerns.

4 posted on 09/03/2012 1:37:12 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: txhurl

73,778 vs. 20,200


5 posted on 09/03/2012 1:39:55 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Libloather
Well then, let us pray for rain.

Let me ask a couple of common sense question. You mean they did not secure the proper venue "in case of rain"? And they are going to expect an entire set to be moved "in case of rain"? Tear down is a b!tch. Tearing down and moving it and then setting it up again will be a downright b!tch.

It don't matter nothin', Obama knows "the people" will do anything to help him move forward.

6 posted on 09/03/2012 1:40:39 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Libloather
why do i think there is going to be a real mess....and no where near the crowd expected. I think there were 20,000 media people at the 2008 convention.

He's using Bubba as a pawn...but it might not work....People are just plain sick and tired of Obama, gays, losing money, no jobs, supporting bums, supporting union wages....etc, etc...

7 posted on 09/03/2012 1:41:03 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: txhurl
Bank of America Stadium - 73,778.

Time Warner Arena - 20,200.

8 posted on 09/03/2012 1:41:53 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: txhurl

Time Warner Cable Arena offers the ultimate in flexible seating; from a 4,000 - 7,000 theater set up to more than 20,000 people for a collegiate basketball tournament. Maximum seating capacities are listed below: Sporting Events
•NBA Basketball: 19,026
•College Basketball: 20,200 (maximum)
•Hockey: 14,100

Concerts
•End stage 180 degrees: 13,736
•End stage 270 degrees: 15,236
•End stage 360 degrees: 18,249
•Center stage: 18,504
•Theatre: 4,000 – 7,000

BOA stadium is at least 70K.

If the DNC moves it to Time Warner, that is 50K +/- less RATS they have to come up with.


9 posted on 09/03/2012 1:43:39 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: txhurl


Well there goes another $30,000........
10 posted on 09/03/2012 1:44:11 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (65 days)
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To: Libloather
10 Day Weather Forecast - Charlotte, North Carolina

Details for Tuesday, September 04:

Scattered thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. Humid. High 82F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Evening: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially before midnight. Humid. Low 71F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Yep, looks like a good chance of precipitation.


11 posted on 09/03/2012 1:46:00 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: BIGLOOK

They’ll be moving it inside.


12 posted on 09/03/2012 1:49:30 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Libloather

Sounds to me like they couldn’t get enough zombies and are now readying plan B


13 posted on 09/03/2012 1:52:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Taranto: "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.")
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To: Iron Munro

Who cares about Tuesday though. The entire convention will be inside at Time Warner arena. Only Obama is speaking outside on Thursday at BANK OF AMERICA stadium. It’s an outdoor stadium.


14 posted on 09/03/2012 1:53:57 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: John W

Awe, I was hoping to see 72,000+ running 10+ or so blocks to get in to the 10,000+ area as it is configured for the convention. It would make the running of the bulls look like a romp through the daisies.


15 posted on 09/03/2012 1:56:38 PM PDT by Average Al (The Democrat party is a free range zoo.)
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To: aposiopetic
I thought earlier reports said that the event would be in the stadium, rain or shine, and would be moved inside only in the case of severe weather.

Yeah, I remember reading that too, "No matter what, we'll be in the stadium."

Lucky for them, thunderstorms are forecast for Thurs night. So now they can say, "Always concerned about the attendees safety, we're moving the event to an inside location," conveniently forgetting to mention how much smaller and easy to fill the inside location will be.

And what of nobama's statue built from the finest sand Myrtle Beach, SC has to offer? Will it be left to melt in the downpour?

16 posted on 09/03/2012 1:58:42 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Libloather
"Obama campaign has an arena fallback plan in case of rain"

They've booked the phone booth across the street from the stadium.

17 posted on 09/03/2012 1:58:51 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Libloather

If the alternate is smaller, they’re hoping for rain.


18 posted on 09/03/2012 1:59:58 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: Libloather

Charlotte, NC

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19 posted on 09/03/2012 2:03:32 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Libloather
If they find they aren't going to have enough zombies to fill the stadium, they will cancel for "rain" - even if it is only one hour out and the sky is perfectly clear.

No way are they going to play to a half empty stadium - which is what they are going to have. Look for the final Worship Service to be held at the Time Warner Arena. In fact, bet big money on it.

20 posted on 09/03/2012 2:11:08 PM PDT by Gritty (Obama offers a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us - Paul Ryan)
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To: MissMagnolia

You got it right. Capacity for a basketball game is larger. When you have a giant stage facing only 1 way it is greatly reduced. 13,000-15,000 depending on the setup, but it maybe less depending on how much “back stage” area they need for security detail, VIPs, and the like.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 2:12:26 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: snarkytart
Who cares about Tuesday though.

I was under the assumption the entire hootenanny was at the outdoor stadium.

Too bad.


22 posted on 09/03/2012 2:23:40 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Iron Munro

Nah just zerO’s speech outside on Thursday. I wish the entire thing was outside because it would definitely rain one day.


23 posted on 09/03/2012 2:42:56 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: monkeyshine

Can you imagine the “mess” if they have to switch to the Arena? Chris Wallace was there & said security is “light” because Obama/Biden are never supposed to be there & all the extra security is at the stadium. The SS is going to have to switch all the ‘tight’ security to the Arena. Next, all the “hopeful” Obamabots driving to Charlotte or being bused .... traffic, security, mobs, etc. .... and then it gets cancelled. You know that with such limited room at the Arena & security concerns, they will be letting in only the credentialed delegates. What is everybody else supposed to do? Sit in their cars or on the buses until The Won clears the Arena & area? There are going to be some mad, wet folks. Really mad .... extra, extra disappointed. ;-)


24 posted on 09/03/2012 3:08:32 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Libloather

The have a bucket brigade ready so they do not have to show Obama in an empty stadium.


25 posted on 09/03/2012 3:20:32 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: FReepers
Betcha the word goes out tomorrow that 'for the safety of all due to thunder/lightning in the forecast, closing freaktivities will be held in the TWC Arena'

They already know that stadium will be half empty and this is some serious CYA going into effect.

/.02

26 posted on 09/03/2012 3:24:20 PM PDT by tomkat (:-)
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To: upchuck

Ok, so I took a dinner break .. LOL


27 posted on 09/03/2012 3:25:57 PM PDT by tomkat (:-)
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To: Heart of Georgia
"If the alternate is smaller, they’re hoping for rain."

It wouldn't surprise me if the local media, or even federal, colludes with the libs and warn of approaching potential t-storms...which of course don't occur, yet they get to say that they were forced into a smaller venue which prevented the attendance of millions that would have otherwise been there.

28 posted on 09/03/2012 3:51:37 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

“they get to say that they were forced into a smaller venue”

I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it played out exactly that way.


29 posted on 09/03/2012 5:00:12 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: Libloather

It’s gonna end up in the Junior High gym—but boy, are they gonna PACK that place!


30 posted on 09/03/2012 5:08:33 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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