January 17, 2012
The 2012 Democratic National Convention, being held in Charlotte in September, will be shortened from the traditional four days to three.
“We are shortening the convention program from the traditional four days to three,” Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan stated on Tuesday, “to make room for a day to organize and celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South.”
On September 3, the program will celebrate Labor Day with a DNC kickoff at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. The festival-like event will be open to the public, and is not an official convention event.
“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,” Kerrigan said.
That Monday event will be free and open to the public and is not an official DNC event. Tuesday and Wednesday’s programs will still take place at the Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown Charlotte.
“It’s an exciting day for Charlotte and North Carolina. It will be a big moment for this region and community,” Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said during the press conference.
On Thursday, September 6, President Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium.
Moving his acceptance speech allows the party to open its doors to tens of thousands of people at the 74,000-seat stadium.
“We want this to be the most open and accessible convention ever,” Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said.
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