POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention has been moved inside, to a much smaller venue.
The DNC says it's a safety issue: The threat of thunderstorms is too dangerous.
The speech first set to take place in Bank of America Stadium will now be inside the Time Warner Cable Arena instead.
The arena is much smaller, less than 20,000 compared to 74,000 thousand at the stadium.
The DNC says 65,000 community ticket holders will have to be turned away.
Almost immediately, Republicans issued a statement questioning if weather or a fear of not filling the seats prompted the move.
Organizers say there were 19,000 on a waiting list.