CHARLOTTE, N.C. Thousands of people braved long lines last month, and some even camped out overnight, to get credentials to see President Barack Obamas nomination speech scheduled to take place at Bank of America Stadium Thursday
But organizers on Wednesday moved the speech to Time Warner Cable Arena because of concern over severe weather. The switch means thousands of members of the public who received community credentials for the stadium event wont be allowed to go inside the arena, which the Democratic National Convention has said is holding about 15,000 for the convention. DNC organizers had been planning for up to 80,000 people at the stadium.
Instead, the arena seats will be limited to delegates and convention officials, according to the Obama campaign. Heres what people are saying about the change:
I feel like Ive been shut out of everything. Lesa Kastanas, of Charlotte
No matter where it is, there are going to be thousands of enthusiastic people representing millions more. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick
So how disappointed am I now? On a scale, about an eight. I came here, I missed three days of work. Ron Bailey, president of the National Medical Association
My first feeling was disappointment. It wasnt anger, because it wasnt like it was a venue change just for the heck of it. You cant help Mother Nature. Community ticket holder Cheryl Moore, Rock Hill
That would be ridiculous of me to have that affect my vote. There are so many more important issues. Linda Fry, Mooresville community credential holder
Were hoping for a busy night. Brandon Hilliard, manager of Aria Tuscan Grill in uptown Charlotte
If anything, well definitely get a watch crowd here. Stefani Hasty, Crave Dessert Bars marketing coordinator
Its a little disheartening for the community. We were happy about this being the first convention that was pretty much open to the public. Brent Page, California delegate
Its not printable. Susan Stanish, who works in Charlotte, on her daughters response.
There is something about the 2012 conventions that just seem to attract bad weather. But ironically storm clouds came to both conventions. Sam Feist, CNNs Washington bureau chief
Look, we wanted this to go forward. Obama campaign spokesman Brent Colburn
Disappointed. Theres no other word for it My family alone had 12 tickets that will just be souvenirs. Nervahna Crew, a guest of the N.C. delegation from Wake County
Everything I booked is nonrefundable m more upset about the travel hassle than not being able to actually go. Michael Kogelman, Marlton, N.J.
We understand and support the DNCs timely decision to relocate tomorrows event based on current weather forecasts. Carolina Panthers tweet.
I dont hate the Democratic Party because of it. Im just disappointed. Terry Shipley, of Charlotte
I may not be in the arena, but I will be there in spirit. And as for me and my family, we will continue to support and move forward! Teresa Meyers, of Waxhaw
With additional reporting from Jonathan Jones, Jessica Kennedy, Kelley Sousa, Victoria Guida, Claire McNeill, Pam Kelley, April Bethea, Tim Funk and Mark Washburn contributed.
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