Most sports fans would have no problem putting a new state-of-the-art HDTV to use. Just find room for it, plug it in and order a pizza for the next big game or race. But when the new HDTV is the world’s largest at 80-foot-by-200 foot, logistics change.
The Panasonic HD video board at Charlotte Motor Speedway is longer than half an NFL football field and its 16,000 square-foot screen with frame weighs 665,000 pounds.
CMS debuted the HDTV built between turns two and three during the recent All-Star race. Nine million LED lamps didn’t disappoint.
So what does the track do with the HDTV during downtime when no cars are racing around the 1.5-mile track? Live simulcast is an option.
The Avett Brothers July 9 concert at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Co. will be simulcast on the massive screen. To enhance the performance the speedway will employ concert-grade speakers for the event.
Courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway
“The speedway has been a hometown landmark for us our whole lives and we’re proud to have an opportunity for our music to echo through that historical infield,” said Seth Avett. “For us, performing at Red Rocks and airing live in Concord is about the most ideal situation for being in two amazing places at once.”
The Avetts’ popularity skyrocketed on the heels on their major label debut, the 2009 album “I and Love and You.” Recently, the band has become accustomed to performing sold-out concerts and in February they performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles alongside Bob Dylan.
“This is going to be an unbelievable event,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This is
something that would have never been possible without the world’s largest HDTV. But, now we’re going to simulcast a live sold-out show from one of the most famous concert venues in the world, featuring our home-town boys, the Avett Brothers, to their loyal fan following here in Charlotte. It’s going to be awesome!”
Tickets are only $10 until July 1, when they will increase to $15 until July 8. Tickets purchased the day of the event, July 9, will cost $20.
Details at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day’s drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.
Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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