Missouri and Kansas delegates said they were disappointed by the decision, announced early Wednesday, to move Barack Obama's acceptance speech from Bank of America stadium here to the Time Warner Cable arena.
And the logistics are a major concern. Thousands had made plans to travel to Charlotte for the speech. It isn't clear now where they will go.
"Just a little bit of disappointment," said Kansas delegate Andrew Rickel, who noted reports of the energy at the Denver stadium four years ago. "In the long run I don't think it makes really a big difference. People are still going to be able to come in and see the president's speech."
"That's too bad," said Missouri delegate Bob Saunders of Liberty. "I think it's unfortunate."
Glenda Reynolds, a Kansas delegate: "I'm disappointed that more people won't be able to get in and see him in person...For protection from the rain I don't think there was a choice."
And Kansas delegate Valdenia Winn: "If safety is first, I understand."
"We don't want our president to get rained on," said Carol Stroker, a delegate from St. Louis County.
Lee Kinch, another delegate called GOP claims that the stadium couldn't be filled -- prompting the move -- "nonsense."