Coloradans Get Word On Who Gets Obama Tickets
The Obama campaign has started contacting people who will receive tickets to see the Democratic candidate give his acceptance speech at the Denver Broncos football stadium.The first Coloradans to be notified were contacted Thursday afternoon. Everyone getting a ticket will be notified by Friday night, the Obama campaign said.More than 80,000 people in Colorado asked for tickets. About half of the 75,000 seats at Invesco Field at Mile High are set aside for Coloradans, Obama officials said.
“The other states in the country obviously received substantially smaller allocations than Colorado,” said Jenny Backus, a senior Obama adviser for the convention. “We can tell you that demand and interest is high across the country.”
In Montana, the Obama campaign started notifying people Wednesday evening, said spokesman Caleb Weaver. Montana staffers are now vetting people who’ve been notified to make sure they have a place to stay and a way to get to Denver for the Aug. 28 event, he said.
“We haven’t put any strict requirements on the tickets,” Weaver said. “We just want to make sure the tickets will be used.”
He couldn’t say exactly how many people in the state will be granted tickets to the event, only that the requests have exceeded the handful of community credentials set aside for people from the state.
Jamie Jackson, a 32-year-old probation officer from Denver who caucused for Obama in February, was among the first in Colorado to learn she will have tickets to get into Invesco Field. She said she plans to go with her mother, Janet Lanier-Jackson, also an Obama supporter.
“I knew if I didn’t take her I’d be in trouble,” she said. “It’s really an exciting time and I’m glad the Democratic National Convention is here in Denver.”
Tickets must be picked up in person on Saturday or Sunday at one of 13 Obama campaign offices across the state. Those picking up a ticket must show a photo ID then activate their ticket online, by phone or in person by Aug. 19.
Any tickets not activated by then will be distributed to people on waiting lists.
One ticket-seeker whose name is on a waiting list now is Dan Pailas, a Boulder musician. He said he called for tickets Monday, four days after the campaign announced it had started a waiting list.
Less than 24 hours after convention officials and Obama campaign began taking requests last Wednesday, more than 60,000 people in the state called or registered online for tickets.
Pailas, who has given money to the Obama campaign, said he also posted a notice on Craiglist offering to buy tickets before finding out the Democratic National Convention Committee prohibits tickets from being sold. Convention officials say the barcodes on any tickets listed for sale online will be deactivated.
The first three nights of the Democratic National Convention will be held at the Pepsi Center. Obama’s speech, on the final night, was moved to accommodate more people.
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