CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They’re gone. That’s the official word from the Organizing for America office -- the tickets to President Obama’s speech at Bank of America Stadium on the last night of the Democratic National Convention are gone.
The last of the free tickets were handed out around 5 p.m. Sunday at the office on West Blvd. Diane DeBouse got two of them.
“I’ve been here for six hours. This is wonderful and I am so excited,” she said, holding the ticket and admiring them. “They are beautiful… absolutely beautiful!”
Others who stood in line for five or six hours just to be denied were not as happy.
“We're really upset right now,” said Melody Hunt, who was at the front of the line when the tickets ran out. “Because they came back from Raleigh with tickets, and what they should have done is counted how many tickets they had and counted how many people were in line. So now we're stuck here, might not even have -- after 5 hours standing in line -- no ticket."
Hunt had first arrived at the West Boulevard office around 10:30 a.m., just as it ran out of tickets for the first time Sunday. She and others stayed in line for three hours until more tickets could be brought in from Raleigh.
She still went home empty-handed. However, people still in line were encouraged to sign up on a waiting list so they might get tickets if they become available.
Elsewhere, Charlotte is being transformed. The digital sign at the Convention Center is welcoming delegates, a week before they’re due.
Just north of town, at a business district known as Area 15, the Coalition to March on Wall Street South is also getting ready. They are busy in their “convergence space” painting signs and banners for their marches – and their messages.
“A whole lot of them,” said artist Laurel Green about just how many signs and banners they’re making. “As many as we have time and bodies to help.”
Even though the first events start a week from Monday, plenty will be going on before then. Area 15 will host a Latino festival next weekend, and the “March on Wall Street South” is scheduled for Sunday. It is expected to draw as many as 10,000 people.