Billed as the world’s largest live entertainment and exhibition event, the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – with rodeo and concert events known as RODEOHOUSTON – is also one of Texas’ largest charities, having contributed over $330 million to the state’s youth since 1932. But ask any of those youth about this year’s event and they’ll likely rave on about Reliant Stadium’s stellar three-week rodeo and concert series, which was heard via the world’s largest L-ACOUSTICS K1 stadium system provided by LD Systems, Inc.
From 25 February to 16 March, the 72,600-seat stadium hosted a nightly double bill of two hours of rodeo action immediately followed by an hour-long concert from a world-class artist. To be expected, the concert list included a long list of contemporary country music favourites like Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. But the schedule was also interspersed with a fairly broad range of other popular musical artists, including Mary J. Blige, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Styx, Demi Lovato and Julión Alvarez, among others.
This year, for the very first time, RODEOHOUSTON also extended its normal 20-day run by an extra night for a concert-only performance from the iconic George Strait. Without a rodeo event scheduled earlier that day, an additional 7,400 seats were added to the floor area enabling the sold-out show to break Reliant Stadium’s largest attendance record with 80,020 fans present.
Using L-ACOUSTICS’ SOUNDVISION acoustical modelling software, the manufacturer and LD Systems collaborated on an ideal system design for Reliant Stadium that utilised 280 enclosures powered by 48 LA-RAK touring amplifier racks. The system comprised two concentric rings of loudspeakers – an inner ring of K1 arrays to address the lower bowl seating areas, plus an outer ring of KUDO arrays to cover the upper bowl seats.
To accommodate the extra 7,400 floor seats for the final evening’s concert, LD Systems supplemented its system with four six-cabinet KUDO arrays, two six-cabinet KARA arrays and four four-cabinet ARCS II arrays, complemented by 24 SB28 subs on the floor and 13 self-powered 108P enclosures for front-row coverage. This brought the total L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker count for the closing show up to 369.
I don’t think we were quite prepared for how much it seemed to improve the stadium’s acoustics for our rodeo announcers. When they realised that the audience was hearing them very clearly and warmly, they began to perform better as well, toning down and talking naturally rather than pushing and straining like they had to in the past,
said Show Interim President and CEO Leroy Shafer.