2018 Rodeo to Roll Out New High-Tech Stage

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will roll out a high-tech stage for concerts in 2018.

It's a 3-D pyramid that unfolds into a giant lone star.

Rodeo President and CEO Joel Cowley tells NewsRadio 740 KTRH that the larger stage will put the concert closer to the crowd.

The first performer to use it will be Garth Brooks, who will open (and close) next year’s rodeo concert lineup.

The new stage will replace the current structure that’s been rolled out for 30 years.

Designed and fabricated by TAIT, a national producer of live-entertainment equipment in the world, the rotating stage will have the following features:

feature the latest technology to boost concert presentation and fan experience.

--Star-shaped stage with five star points, each with an arm length of 36 feet and a base of 23 feet.

--Each star point can be raised individually or jointly and can be lowered to the arena surface or raised to create an elevated performance position.

--A 48-foot diameter round rotating performance area (the previous stage had a 40-foot diameter), which enables the artist to be closer to the audience.

--A basic performance area sits 7 feet off of the arena surface.

--A 22-foot-tall motion controlled LED backdrop video screen.

--Self-propelled, with an automated positioning system.

Concert tickets for the two Garth Brooks performances set for Feb. 27 and March 18, 2018, will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. An online “waiting room” will open at 9:30 a.m.

A minimum of 18,000 tickets will be available for purchase, and these tickets will be located in the Loge and Upper Level sections of NRG Stadium.

The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27-March 18.

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