CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The skies were blue and the sun was shining in Charlotte just hours before President Barack Obama delivers his address at the Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Cable Arena, which was originally scheduled to take place at Bank of America Stadium.
The Obama campaign and convention officials decided to move President Obama’s speech from the stadium due to weather concerns. However, some suspected that the campaign realized it could not fill the 75,000-seat football stadium.
Obama delivered his first convention address at an outdoor stadium in Denver, Colo., known then as Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium with over 80,000 in attendance.
As shown in The Daily Caller’s video update, clear skies could be seen over Charlotte at 6 p.m. There was no sign of rain. According to the Weather Channel, there is a thirty percent chance of rain at the time of President Obama’s speech. Convention organizers made the decision to move the speech indoors Wednesday morning.
“Thursday night will likely be the best weather of the entire week,” Brad Panovich of WCNC-NBC TV wrote on Twitter after the decision.
“Could they fill the arena? We don’t know,” former Republican Party chairman Michael Steele told The Daily Caller. “Is that the issue for changing it? We don’t know. You know? Is there concern about the weather? Yeah, because I have heard that there’s going to be bad weather and the priority for this convention as it was for the Republican convention is to make sure that people here are safe.”