President Obama Will Take the Stage in Bank of America Stadium…And You Were the First to Know

At this morning’s press conference at Bank of America Stadium: DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan (at podium), Concord Mayor Scott Padgett, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, and Charlotte resident Leah Hill.

Yesterday, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced its “First to Know Breaking News” campaign, in which it encouraged “Americans to sign up to be the first to know breaking news about the convention” by registering at DNC officials pledge to send you emails, sometimes before they speak to media. That was the case with this morning’s big announcement of major changes to the Democratic National Convention's format.

DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan sent an email to subscribers alerting them of the news at approximately 10:20 a.m. this morning, while the press conference at Bank of America Stadium didn’t begin until 11 a.m.

The news world and social media are buzzing with the DNCC’s announcement that the planned four-day convention program will be shortened to three days to allow the Monday of that week to “celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South and kick off the convention at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Labor Day;” and that the convention will end that Thursday with President Barack Obama officially accepting his party’s nomination at Bank of America Stadium instead of Time Warner Cable Arena (the other convention events will remain at the arena).

Below is the email from Kerrigan.

Dear [Subscriber’s Name],

Nearly four years ago when President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination beneath a clear sky in Denver, a new chapter opened in American history. I'm excited to announce to you first that we plan to make history once again and break with conventions of the past by opening the doors to more people than ever before.

On the final day of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, President Obama will take the stage in the Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, to accept the nomination of the Democratic Party as president with tens of thousands more people by his side.

But that's not all. I'd also like to announce that we are shortening the convention program from the traditional four days to three to make room for a day to organize and celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South and kick off the convention at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Labor Day. Dedicating Monday, September 3rd to families and the community hosting the convention will help show the world what we can do when we out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world and build an economy that creates opportunity for all.

This week, I asked for your ideas on how to make the 2012 Democratic National Convention the most open and accessible in history and your thoughtful responses made it clear that success depends on people like you being a part of the process. Jerry in Tryon, NC suggested using the Charlotte Motor Speedway as an event location and Nora from Allentown, PA wants to make sure the convention has room for more than just delegates to attend.

Ideas like these are reminders that this convention is about more than political rituals and confetti falling from the rafters. It is about empowering Americans to be part of the solution and demonstrating what is best about our democracy.

Let us know your thoughts on how to involve more Americans in the convention as we countdown to President Obama's acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, September 6, 2012. To share your ideas, visit

From format to funding, this convention will increase the influence of people like you and bring more Americans into the conversation than ever before. Raise your voice, be heard and help us make history once again.


Steve Kerrigan
Democratic National Convention Committee CEO

Stay tuned to The DNC In The CLT for the heightened coverage this week of the Democratic National Convention plans.

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