AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Detroit Pistons fans were treated to a special halftime surprise as Detroit icon and American Music Award winner Kid Rock made an appearance during one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced halftime shows in sports.
At tonight’s season opener versus the Brooklyn Nets, over 100 performers (dancers, arco dunkers, cheerleaders, aerialists, drumline) and a 50-piece youth choir from the City of Detroit’s Academy of Science, who performed nationally on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, showcased their talents during a Detroit Pride Tribute choreographed to the music of The Temptations, Eminem and Kid Rock.
“We were pleased to deliver our fans a halftime entertainment experience on opening night that combined music, lighting, technology and video elements in a choreographed performance that was unprecedented and never seen before in sports,” said Harlan Hendrickson, Vice President of Marketing for Palace Sports & Entertainment.
Thrilling fans visually was the all-new Palace360 high-definition center hung scoreboard, arena LED rings that feature nearly 9 million LED pixels and eight high-powered audience scanning lasers that immersed fans in a complete theatrical experience. Twenty-four lighting panels on custom roll carts, fixtures used only before by recording artists Motley Crue, Keith Urban and Black Sabbath, added to the complete lighting package. In totality, 294 fixtures were controlled by using over 9,000 DMX channels – all synchronized with music and video.
To ensure proper timing of equipment deployment and egress, a team of 60 stage hands flawlessly executed the movement of 15 light carts, theatrical staging, four frogger carts, and over a mile of cable in under two minutes for set-up and breakdown between game action.