Texas is launching a large scale drive-in concert series next month
With social-distancing measures in place and strict regulations for gatherings and events, music lovers have been thinking outside the box for creative ways to showcase live music. Well, the MLB team the Texas Rangers just announced a massive four-day drive-in concert series this June.
Live Nation has previously spoken about experimenting with drive-in concerts after seeing their success in Europe. Other alternatives suggested were live broadcasts, as well as fan-pod seating that separates attendees into groups.
Coronavirus has absolutely rocked the global economy. One of the most important industries to be hit is that of the music business. As shelter-in-place orders begin to ease up, many are thinking about how best to reintroduce concerts and festivals, while maintaining a safe space for everyone.
The Texas Rangers are giving it a go with the Concert In Your Car series. The drive-in experience will feature four different acts across as many nights and will take place in one of the lots of the Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX.
"We are eager to once again start providing entertainment to our fans and to be able to offer the experience in a way that takes into account health and safety guidelines," Sean Decker, the Rangers' executive vice president of sports and entertainment said. "We have a full slate of bands and each will present an exciting show every night."
"Concert in Your Car is a concert series taking place in Tundra Lot B just North of Globe Life Field, featuring nationally recognized recording artists," a statement reads. "The event is designed to give music fans the live show experience, while still maintaining social distancing. Think concert meets drive-in movie."
Of course, many are still concerned about what safety precautions are in place. Coronavirus can still spread in communal areas like a bathroom or if two cars parked next to each other have their windows down.
The FAQ addresses such concerns.
All CDC and State of Texas guidelines will be followed, and we are working closely with Tarrant County and the City of Arlington to ensure this event meets or exceeds all recommended standards. We will leave every other parking space empty to ensure sufficient distance between you and surrounding vehicles. We ask that all guests remain in their vehicles for the duration of the performance. In the event it is necessary for a fan to leave their vehicle, safe social distancing will be strictly enforced. Failure to follow safe social distancing, or requests of staff members for participants to follow, will cause the participant to be subject to ejection. Event staff will be wearing personal protective equipment as required by CDC guidelines.
More specifically, in regards to the bathroom question, the website states that they "are asking that all fans minimize or eliminate the need to leave their car for any reason. A limited number of restrooms will be available for use and guests who need to use the facilities must follow social distancing restrictions and instructional signs. Restroom use will be limited to one adult at a time."
In addition to social distancing measures, "all restrooms will be monitored by a housekeeping attendant to ensure surfaces are cleaned after each use."
One interesting component to the drive-in concert is whether or not everyone in the vehicle needs a ticket. For the Concert In Your Car series, only one ticket is required for everyone in your vehicle. You may bring snacks, drinks and alcohol. Please don't drink and drive though.
Tailgating or any other form of hanging out outside your vehicle is prohibited.
Of course, with it being a concert, people want to hear music. All audio will be transmitted via FM radio, in addition to screens showing footage of the performance on stage.
The Concert In You Car series takes place June 4-7. For more information regarding the concerts, head here.
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