In the 2008 Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama delivered a memorable party nomination acceptance speech in a packed Denver football stadium. This year, he had hoped to recreate that moment by speaking at the outdoor Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
However, Mother Nature had other plans. Threats of dangerous thunderstorms forced organization officials to move the president's acceptance speech to the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena, where the rest of this week's DNC events have been held, according to the New York Times.
Jen Psaki, a campaign spokeswoman, told the news source that organizers were worried that an evacuation would have been necessary had a dangerous storm approached. She added that the president was also let down about the venue change.
"We're all disappointed, because we had 65,000 ticket holders plus 19,000 people who were on the waiting list, excited to hear him deliver his speech tomorrow night," Psaki said. "This isn't a call we wanted to make."
Steve Kerrigan, who is overseeing the convention, said that officials have been closely monitoring the weather and several reports said there would be serious thunderstorms in the area. The decision was made to ensure the safety of party delegates and convention guests. He added that the energy and enthusiasm thus far in Charlotte had been overwhelming and that event organizers are just as disappointed as everyone else.
Large events and organizations need to be properly prepared for a multitude of situations and possible outcomes. Business continuity consultants can assist in creating backup plans to ensure that while a change of scenery might be necessary, the overall goal of an event can still be met.