Skip to comments.Obama campaign has an arena fallback plan in case of rain
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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I wonder if their confidence is shaken.
What is the seating capacity of the respective two venues, again?
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.
73,778 vs. 20,200
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.
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...
Time Warner Arena - 20,200.
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)
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.
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.
They’ll be moving it inside.
Sounds to me like they couldn’t get enough zombies and are now readying plan B
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.
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.
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?
They've booked the phone booth across the street from the stadium.
If the alternate is smaller, they’re hoping for rain.
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.
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.
I was under the assumption the entire hootenanny was at the outdoor stadium.
Nah just zerO’s speech outside on Thursday. I wish the entire thing was outside because it would definitely rain one day.
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. ;-)
The have a bucket brigade ready so they do not have to show Obama in an empty stadium.
They already know that stadium will be half empty and this is some serious CYA going into effect.
Ok, so I took a dinner break .. LOL
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.
“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.
It’s gonna end up in the Junior High gym—but boy, are they gonna PACK that place!