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Organizers change venue for Democrats' celebration

Posted June 25, 2012
Updated June 26, 2012

— Organizers of a celebration scheduled to kick off the Democratic National Convention are moving the Labor Day event from Charlotte Motor Speedway to the city's downtown.

Charlotte In 2012 spokeswoman Suzi Emmerling said late Monday that as the date of the event drew closer, logistics became a challenge. Emmerling said moving the celebration to downtown Charlotte near the convention venue would make it more accessible and family friendly. The speedway is about 18 miles outside the city.

“Our goal in hosting CarolinaFest to kick-off the 2012 Democratic National Convention is to provide an open and accessible convention experience to more Americans than ever before," Dr. Dan Murrey, executive director of the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee, said in a statement. "In order to facilitate public caucus meetings – and to maximize accessibility, transportation, and proximity of all guests – we have decided that moving CarolinaFest 2012 to Uptown Charlotte is the best way to achieve that goal."

The convention has already been shortened from the traditional four days to three to have a day to celebrate the region.

The convention is being held at Charlotte's Time Warner Arena. President Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech on Sept. 6 is scheduled for Bank of America Stadium. Both arenas are in downtown Charlotte.

"“The location of CarolinaFest 2012 has changed, but the elements of the event will not. Guests attending CarolinaFest 2012 will enjoy a free event with interactive expositions, family-oriented activities, live music, speakers and history in the making, all in a centralized location," Murrey said.

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  • Nancy Jun 26, 2012

    "I think both parties ought to just drop these things."

    I could not agree more. This is a waste of money. And before everyone gets bent out of shape about the revenue it generates, I'm looking at the necessity of reigning in political waste, this is a good place to start.

  • carolinacouple2u Jun 26, 2012

    When you can't fill the stadium you move to a smaller gym.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 26, 2012

    I think both parties ought to just drop these things.

  • yankee1 Jun 26, 2012

    How long before they dump they're big celebration at BOA stadium? I though Dear Leader had a billion dollar re-election campaign fund? Guess it's time to shake down his illegal buddies!

  • cwood3 Jun 26, 2012

    Logistics-BS-follow the money! Obama has frustrated the base so badly that money is trickling in instead of pouring in like DemocRAT leaders said it would (who could ever trust a word of what Howard Dean says anyway)!!

    I love to see these clowns re-write history and lie when they get in trouble. They lie when their lips move!!

  • The Yoda Jun 26, 2012

    Before the big event gets here, Obama and all 4 supporters will fit in the back of a VW Bus! He has plenty of Dems already saying they won't be there, he is toxic to anyone who wants to get re-elected.

  • MadMaxx Jun 26, 2012

    They could have all met in a Pit Box for a car, maybe on the backstretch!

  • mep Jun 26, 2012

    Real reason: Fewer attendees than anticipated.... including a few major Democratic party players. LOL.

  • gunny462 Jun 26, 2012

    "The speedway is about 18 miles outside the city"

    LOL Just like the highspeed rail will be.

    "logistics became a challenge"

    More like low attendance