President Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. has been moved indoors due to weather concerns, Democratic officials said Wednesday.
Obama was scheduled to address the convention at the more than 60,000-capacity Bank of America outdoor football stadium, but will now speak in the Time Warner Center, which seats just around 20,000.
Obama campaign officials had insisted the speech would be held at the Bank of America stadium rain or shine, but would move it inside if lightning posed a threat to public safety, CBS News reported. Weather forecasters have predicted "isolated thunderstorms" for Charlotte on Thursday night.
"We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday's proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests," DNC organizing committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said in a statement.
At the same time, the venue switch comes as the campaign has reportedly had trouble filling all the seats in the massive outdoor stadium, according to Politico.
Kerrigan said Obama will hold a national conference call with those who had been slated to come watch him.
"We will work with the campaign to ensure that those unable to attend tomorrow's event will be invited to see the president between now and Election Day," Kerrigan said.
This post has been updated.