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The Houston Rodeo Star Stage

Photo credit: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

A Mobile Band Platform

Engineering Houston Rodeo Star Stage
2024

Saddle up for a star-studded 2024 Houston Rodeo! At the heart of one of the world’s largest live stock and rodeo events set in NRG Stadium, sits an iconic star-shaped stage that features a central 48’ turntable surrounded by seven 23’ tall light towers with vertically tracking LED tiles. Star points, extending 37’ and hydraulically actuated, can pivot from horizontal to vertical, with a counter-rake platform for performers. The mobile pentagon-shaped base structure includes drive trailers, a circular track, and a hub deck assembly. Additionally, a tech deck with a pantograph cable guide system provides a 56’ wide x 24’ deep space between Star Points. The design integrates hydraulic systems, LED technology, and mobile infrastructure for a visually striking and versatile stage.

McLaren was engaged in the design, review, and assessment of the Houston Rodeo Stage, a mobile band platform intended for indoor deployment at NRG Stadium. Our entertainment engineers reviewed show set designs, provided recommendations for structural and mechanical safety, and assessed the adequacy of the show elements. This included evaluating structural components, custom designs, and rental/purchased equipment, with McLaren mitigating any potential issues. The firm also developed structural and mechanical engineering calculations for life-safety related elements, ensuring compliance with safety standards so the show can go on without a hitch.

The 2024 Houston Rodeo will take place Feb. 27 – March 17 and its star studded stage will feature performance from artists like Luke Bryant, The Jonas Brothers, 50 Cent, Blake Sheldon, Jelly Roll and more!

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