What The Controversial “Fan Pod” Concert Looks Like
Travis McCready live on the fan pod concert 2020 - Youtube
The “pod concert” in Arkansas has been making headlines as being the first live music event with an audience since the US put coronavirus lockdown protocols in effect.
Country-rock artist Travis McCready performed at the TempleLive theater in Fort Smith – the venue’s capacity was reduced from 1,100 seats to 229. To ensure that the event and the audience were up to the social distancing requirements enforced by the government, the seats were arranged into fan pods, which are groups of 2 to 13 seats with those around them sealed off.
A one-way system was in place as well, alongside restricted restroom capacity, the mandatory wearing of face masks, temperatures being checked before entering the venue, and an enhanced sanitation process. While there is no clear indication if the shows sold out, ticket prices were dropped from $20 to $15 days before the show.
TempleLive operator Mike Brown started the night with a playback of the Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party),” referring to the negotiations that went down that decided whether the event would push through or not.