For the second consecutive year, Creative Technology Chicago was chosen to provide display technology for the CITCO Bassmaster Classic. The event, which was held February 24 -26, aired on ESPN and ESPN2 and, with 9.5 million viewers, was the highest-rated Classic in ESPN2’s history of airing the tournament. The three-day tournament featured 50 top anglers from the BASS tournament trail. Each day was capped off by a weigh in held at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center. Here all of the anglers came together to show off their daily catch and compete for the overall greatest weight and the grand prize of $500,000.
The stage was set with a combination of large-screen DLP projection and high-resolution LED. Four flown 18’x24’ Stewart Film RP screens--supported by double stacked Barco ELM R18s with two R12+--gave fans an up-close view of the festivities happening on stage. Eighty-eight tiles of Barco I-6XP LED created a 16.5’ high x 12’ wide leader board, which displayed the current standings of the anglers. Finally, a quad stack of Christie X4 projectors displayed video and graphics on a custom 6’x9’ oval rear projection screen positioned in the center of the stage.
“One of the big challenges for an event like this is to control displays that can be over 250’ away from where your processing is set up,” explains Kevin Gros, CT Chicago director of business development. “With Category 6 cable and pre-wired looms of signal and power cables, we were able to talk to any of the LED processors or projectors from our video control area. We also used fiber optic cable to bring in the source signal from three video trucks switching different portions of the show to different paths.”