CHARLOTTE -- Seven thousand or more South Carolinians hoping to witness history firsthand Thursday night were saddened to learn today that President Barack Obama’s has been moved indoors.

The decision to shift venues from the Bank of America football stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena was based on a forecast of severe weather and related safety concerns and means approximately 65,000 fewer people will see it in person.

“That’s disappointing,” Charleston County Democratic Chair Richard Hricik said today as soon as he learned the news. “It’s difficult they’re not going to be able to experience that in person.”

South Carolina Democrats said they were allotted about 7,000 of the 65,000 seats and believe as many as a few thousand more in the audience also would have come from the Palmetto State.

Convention CEO Steve Kerrigan said Obama will speak with those holding community credentials via a national conference call Thursday, “and 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.”

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.