CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Organizers of the Democratic National Convention admit it was unfortunate that some people were locked out of the President’s speech Thursday night, but still say it was the best Democratic convention ever.
For the first time, the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, Steve Kerrigan, answered those who were upset that they were barred from the President’s speech at the arena.
The fire marshal ordered the doors locked and entrances shut down because of overcrowding.
“We tell people to get into the arena as early as they can. People make their own decisions, then unfortunately, that’s the way it is,” Kerrigan said.
Fears of an overflow crowd intensified when the decision was made at the last minute to move the entire program from Bank of America Stadium to the arena because of the potential of bad weather.
There had always been concern from some people that the arena was too small to hold a national political convention.
Dr. Dan Murray, the Executive Director of the Charlotte 2012 Host Committee said, “it is unfortunate that people were disappointed by not being able to get there but so many of them went to our watch parties that we had and still felt that communal spirit and energy.”
Murray and Kerrigan joined Mayor Anthony Foxx at one last DNC party thrown in honor of the thousands of local residents who volunteered their time to help out at the city’s convention.
Kerrigan said the convention was not only a success but was being hailed as one of the best conventions ever held.