"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," Democratic National Convention Committee Chief Executive Steve Kerrigan said in a press release announcing the move.
Existing security restrictions, road closings and changes to the city's transportation services will remain in effect through Friday morning.
Time Warner Cable Arena is serving as the main stage for convention proceedings during the first two days of the convention. But the venue seats only 19,000, compared with 73,000 at Bank of America Stadium.
Members of the public who had received tickets to attend the last day of the convention at Bank of America Stadium will be unable participate in the proceedings at the arena.
President Barack Obama will address the "community credential" holders in a conference call on Thursday, the DNCC says. Call information will be emailed directly to ticket holders.
"The energy and enthusiasm for our convention in Charlotte has been overwhelming and we share the disappointment of over 65,000 people who signed up for community credentials to be there with the president in person," Kerrigan says. "We encourage our community credential holders and Americans across the country to continue to come together with their friends and neighbors to watch and participate in history."
Kerrigan added that DNC organizers "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."
DNC organizers have said that about 65,000 people signed up for tickets to the last day of the convention, and about 19,000 more were on a waiting list.
Yoga instructor Yvonne Brown says she waited five and a half hours to receive a community credential. Brown and several of her colleagues — a few who had earned an entrance ticket by volunteering for the Obama for America campaign — had all planned to go together on Thursday.
“I was already resigned to being either wet from sweating from the heat or wet from the rain,” Brown says. “I am going to be so irritated tomorrow if it's not pouring down rain.”
And although the press release went out at 10 a.m., Brown said she still hadn’t been notified of the venue change by DNC organizers four hours later. Instead, Brown says she found out through a news article from the Charlotte Business Journal.
Brown says The Yoga Center at 8th Street Studio will offer one free yoga class between now and the election to anyone who shows community credentials for the speech.
“Before I was a yoga teacher, my background was in marketing,” Brown says, adding that local businesses should use this as an opportunity to show some Charlotte hospitality by offering freebies to people with DNC community credentials.