The South's Premier Show Will Give Fans the Ultimate Drum Corps Experience
The finest Drum Corps show in the south is back for its 27th year on Sunday, July 26, NightBEAT Presents: Tour of Champions will feature your hometown Carolina Crown, perennial crowd favorite Madison Scouts, the defending Champion Blue Devils and the remaining top world class corps from 2014. But this year, fans will see NightBEAT from a whole new perspective.
To give fans the best experience possible, NightBEAT will relocate to BB&T Field on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
This stadium will offer fans the opportunity to see their favorite corps perform from comfortable seating with impeccable views of the field. They will also enjoy easy access parking, a VIP reception second to none in DCI, and a state-of-the art 3,780 square foot video screen that rivals even the ones at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Moving NightBEAT to this stadium will give fans an unparalleled drum corps experience. They will hear and see the best corps in DCI performing the way they were meant to—outdoors in a beautiful stadium.
“After 26 years of producing NightBEAT in the greater Charlotte market, we are excited to establish a new base in Winston-Salem, a community with rich ties to the drum corps activity,” said Carolina Crown Board of Directors Member and Event Chairman, Jim Williams. “We are so grateful to our fans for their continued support over the years.”
Jim Coates, CEO and Executive Director of Carolina Crown, stated that, “the move to BB&T Field is a natural next step in the development of our NightBEAT brand. Our mission at Carolina Crown is ‘developing life-long excellence’ and to have an opportunity to enhance the event experience for performers and fans is critical to that mission.”
As Jim Williams said, Winston-Salem is no stranger to the world of drum corps. The city first hosted a DCI show in 1988, which continued throughout the 1990s until 2002. BB&T Field, formerly known as Groves Field, hosted the DCA (all-age corps) Preview of Champions in 2005.
BB&T Field has undergone significant renovations over the last several years, making it ideal for a drum corps show.
In 2006, a state-of-the-art, "next generation" FieldTurf surface was installed. This turf is a deeper color hue than most other stadiums and will allow for the marching members to stand out against the deep green background.
In 2008, Deacon Tower, a massive seven-story press box was completed. It houses luxury suites, club seats, boxes, and a full service restaurant. Norman Cook of StadiumJourney.com, an online journal that tours and rates all the sports stadiums across the country said, "The press box at BB&T Field is one of the nicest in the nation, regardless of class or conference affiliation."
Also in 2008, chair-back seating was installed between the 25-yard lines, and several ticket options will enable fans to enjoy the show from these seats. VIP Club Level seats are fully padded, and even the regular seats throughout the stadium are bench-back.
In 2008, a state-of-the-art video board was added to the South end zone. The board measures 42 feet in height and 90 feet in width. It contains over 1.5 million pixels and 3,780 square feet of active video area and stands as the 66th largest video screen in the world!
Entering the stadium and seating area will be simple and easy, which means no delay for fans in getting to their seats and possibly missing a performance. There are tunnels approximately halfway up the grandstand, angled towards the field as you move away from midfield towards each end zone. Also, fans will have quick access to the concession and souvie areas making pre-show and intermission purchases a breeze.
The town of Winston-Salem is very easy to get around in, with most major roads approaching the campus and the sports complex giving fans ample signage to guide them. Surface lots are located all around BB&T Field. General parking can be had just across the street at the LJVM Coliseum, and even from the furthest distances, fans are no more than a few minutes walk from the stadium.
Get your tickets today, as the best seats will sell out quickly! Look for many more feature articles over the coming months about the stadium and NightBEAT 2015.
Sunday, July 26, 2015 - BB&T Field at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
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