President Obama’s acceptance speech has been moved from the Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena, Democrats announced Wednesday.
Democrats blamed “severe weather forecasts” for the move to the smaller, indoor arena from the larger outdoor stadium. The first two days of the convention have been wet, and afternoon showers and thunderstorms are forecast on Thursday for Charlotte.
“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 Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan.
The announcement comes after Obama campaign officials insisted the speech would proceed in the stadium “rain or shine.” The stadium speech was meant to recall Obama’s 2008 address in Denver, when he closed a largely successful convention with a speech to supporters at Invesco Field.