GoVision, Texas Motor Speedway Mark 10 Years of Going Bigger
LED screen provider also celebrates decade of service to University of Oklahoma, YMCA
DALLAS, TX (November 15, 2012) – When Chris Curtis scraped together the funding to purchase his first mobile LED unit and launch GoVision a decade ago, he counted himself fortunate that three prestigious clients were willing to take a chance on the fledgling business. As GoVision celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2012, Curtis is still grateful those three charter clients have remained loyal to this day.
Curtis, one of the pioneers of the mobile video screen industry, founded GoVision after selling off his stake in ScreenWorks in 1998 and waiting out a non-compete clause in his agreement. Among the first clients he landed for GoVision was nearby Texas Motor Speedway, one of the premier racetracks in the world. The company provided its two original 9’ x 16’ “GoBig” truck-mounted units for the Speedway’s spring 2003 race.
“That race was GoBig No. 2’s first gig and the unit was delivered to us late and not completely finished,” remembers Curtis, CEO of Argyle, TX-based GoVision LP. “We laugh now, but we were extremely stressed at the time since that was our first event with TMS and we couldn’t afford to have problems. In the end, we pulled it off without incident, and the rest is history.”
Curtis brought the twin GoBig units back to the track again the following year, before the Speedway decided to ramp up its video capabilities. In 2005, GoVision hung two giant LED screens off of cranes, and placed one GoBig unit on the back stretch. Three years later, the GoVision team helped design two permanent structures on the infield into which the company now loads twin 18’ x 24’ LED screens for each race weekend. Two additional large truck-mounted screens complement the stationary video walls.
In 2011, GoVision helped design the ribbon board onto which its 3’ x 12’ LED screen is hung over winning cars in Victory Lane.
“Under Chris Curtis’ leadership, GoVision continues to provide the best video screens available to Texas Motor Speedway and all of its fans,” said Kenton Nelson, TMS’ Vice President of Events and Assistant GM. “Chris and his team do an outstanding job for us during each major race weekend. Having GoVision as a partner of Texas Motor Speedway elevates the fan experience, and that is our number one objective.”
Over the years, GoVision has also provided the video backdrops for the Speedway Children’s Charities annual Christmas tree lightings, managed the production for several pre-race concerts, and produced a season-ticket-holder special event called Fandango throughout its existence.
“When you’re dealing with a marketing genius like Eddie Gossage and his incredible events department and operations team, you never know what they’ll come up with next,” said Curtis. “So we just wait for Kenton to call and fill us in on their latest big idea.”
This Thanksgiving will also mark GoVision’s 10th consecutive year of service to the YMCA of Dallas’ annual Turkey Trot – which set a record in 2011 for the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys! The 2012 Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country. GoVision is providing its 19’ x 33’ “GoBigger” unit – the world’s largest mobile high-definition screen – and a 9’ x 12’ “GoTron” unit to the event, which takes place at City Hall Plaza.
“It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years with GoVision, but they’ve been a great partner for our race,” said Jeff Scheibel, VP of Operations for YMCA Dallas. “Providing a great viewing experience for the spectators is always a challenge with an 8 mile and a 5K event, but GoVision does an outstanding job capturing all the best images and displaying them in real-time for our audiences.”
GoVision is likewise celebrating a decade of service to Sooner Sports Properties, which manages multimedia production for University of Oklahoma athletics. Since 2003, GoVision’s 9’ x 16’ GoBig units have provided great views at the university’s Fan Fest activities prior to each home game.
“GoVision has really been a cornerstone element to our OU Football Sooner Fan Fest,” said Eric Barnhart, Sooner Sports Properties’ general manager. “Finishing up our 10th year, we have seen many changes to our Fan Fest area and location. But the GoVision screen has always been the cornerstone and key element to draw fans to the area and interactives. Chris and the crew are always great to work with, and have helped us in other areas with OU golf outings and special OU kickoff events. We have really enjoyed our relationship over the last decade.”
“Throughout our first 10 years, we have been blessed to work with some of the best events and brands in the world,” said Curtis. “But we really couldn’t pick three better partners than the University of Oklahoma, YMCA Dallas and Texas Motor Speedway to share the entire journey with us.”
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GoVision L.P. (www.jumbo.tv) is a premier provider of large scale LED video displays and related services specializing in state of the art mobile and modular LED technology, creative/content services as well as custom design and fabrication. Our full service LED solutions span the most complex modular configurations, custom built to any size, to North America’s largest fleet of turnkey mobile units. GoVision prides itself on delivering “More Ways to Get Noticed” through exceptional customer service, innovative design and a relentless pursuit of perfection in the unpredictable event business. GoVision has provided broadcast and production support for countless national events, including the 55th (Bush), 56th and 57th (Obama) Presidential Inaugurations, Major League Baseball and NBA All Star Games, NCAA Final Fours, the 2012 Ryder Cup and U.S. Open Championships and the 100th Anniversary Scouting Jamboree. It is the screen provider of AT&T Stadium Plaza, TCU, several college football programs and PGA tournaments. GoVision is based in Argyle, Texas, with offices in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon.
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