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David Montero
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” A ticket distribution system for Barack Obama’s nomination speech at Invesco Field will be announced next week, party officials said at the football stadium this morning.

And Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said he’s reviewed drawings for the staging of the event and was “stunned” by them. However, he also said the Obama campaign has not signed off on them yet.

“If the campaign accepts the drawings, they’re extraordinary,” Dean said.



Dean was in Denver for the second straight day ” on Wednesday he checked out progress of the transformation of the Pepsi Center from sports and entertainment arena to the Democratic Party’s center of activity for three of the four days.

This morning, he toured Invesco Field with Democratic National Committee Chief Executive Officer Leah Daughtry and Obama National Co-Chair Federico Pena. The trio ” along with four first-time delegates to the convention ” stood on the grass near midfield and praised progress being made on the two sites.

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Dean also said he expects the field could hold more than 80,000 people for the event ” hinting that about 5,000 seats would be available on the field as well.

As for tickets, Daughtry said they will make an announcement next week and Dean said the DNCC is legally in charge of ticket distribution.

“Obviously we’re going to take a great deal of input from the Obama campaign,” Dean said. “This is their convention in terms of nomination ” as the secretary (Pena) said it’s America’s convention ” but legally its the DNCC.”



The Democratic National Convention, which runs from Aug. 25-28, is just over a month away and Dean acknowledged it was a short turnaround time when the Obama campaign announced it was moving the nomination speech from the Pepsi Center to Invesco Field.

“This is pretty short notice to do something like this,” Dean said. “But we think it’s great.”


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