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DNC Thursday night plans moved indoors for Baldwin, Obama speeches


CHARLOTTE (WTAQ) - Democrats have canceled their plans to hold the final night of their national convention in an outdoor football stadium.

They cited a threat of severe thunderstorms for moving the entire program Thursday night from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte to their current meeting place – the 21,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena.

That means Madison House Democrat Tammy Baldwin will also be speaking to less than a-third of the crowd that she anticipated.

Baldwin, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, is part of a program Thursday that includes distinguished Democratic women.

It has rained every day in Charlotte this week – and Obama’s team decided it was not worth the political risk to strand thousands who would have arrived on buses.

Some Democrats also said they were worried about hecklers getting some of the free tickets at the football stadium.

Convention chairman Steve Kerrigan said those with tickets for Thursday night who cannot attend will be invited to see Obama directly sometime between now and Election Day.