Logistics for Invesco Field: a Work in Progress

Posted August 26, 2008 at 7:47pm

Media organizations are still waiting to get the final word on how many credentials they will receive for Thursday’s festivities at Invesco Field at Mile High, the highlight of which will be the acceptance speech of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).

The timeline remains unclear for when news organizations will exchange their current perimeter passes, which have been used for the first three days of the convention at the Pepsi Center, for hall passes. Perimeter passes will essentially be useless at Invesco Field because they will not allow admittance to the 75,000-plus capacity stadium. Because of the increased capacity, media organizations are expected to get more hall passes than they are allotted for the Pepsi Center, although convention officials have not yet released how many credentials will be available to individual outlets.

That information likely won’t become available until Wednesday night or even Thursday morning, leaving media organizations and organizers only a few hours to plan and execute the exchange of passes.

Workers are expected to begin breaking down the convention stage inside the Pepsi Center on Wednesday after the conclusion of the nightly program.

Inside Invesco Field there will be two main press areas to accommodate the bulk of news media beyond television networks: the print media stands, which are open on a first-come, first-served basis, and the press box, which has assigned seating for media outlets.

Members of the media will follow a process similar to what has been employed at the Pepsi Center for exchanging their hall passes for floor passes inside the field.

After deciding to move Obama’s acceptance speech to Invesco Field — home of the Denver Broncos — Democratic National Convention organizers decided that half of the seats in the stadium would be given to Colorado residents. Each state and territory and D.C. have received an additional allocation of community credentials for Thursday night, and a larger share of those credentials are being allocated to the Mountain West region.