Watch parties organized for president's speech after venue change

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Watch parties have been set up across the Charlotte area for the thousands of people who won't be able to see the president's speech because of the venue change.

But some of them are by invitation only, including one at the convention center. About 100 "9-3-1" volunteers received an email invite.

But organizers said they're worried crowds will show up there Thursday night anyway.

“We want to encourage people to go to events in their communities if they've not gotten an invitation for this one so that everyone is safe and not stuck in traffic and they can hear the president speak,” said Melanie Roussell with the Democratic National Committee.

DNC organizers want people to log onto their website, nc.barackobama.com to find a spot.

One spot uptown, the McGlohon Theater, sent out a release Thursday, saying its facility will hold a watch party and can hold 700 people. They're one of many sites inviting people on a first-come, first-serve basis.