Renovated Colosseum Ushers in New Era for Concert Venues
Since its opening in 2003, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has pioneered the concert experience and modern artist residency. Through their new technological renovations, especially their AV updates, they continue their legacy as Las Vegas’ premier concert experience. Let’s take a look at the exciting technology that brings concerts to life.
The last time The Colosseum underwent significant updates was in 2003 before Celine Dion began her iconic 16-year residency. Following a summer intermission, The Colosseum is back with new lighting features, a high-definition LED video wall, enhanced comfort seating, a larger lobby bar, and a revamped Meyer Sound System installed by Solotech. The Colosseum has relied on the Meyer Sound System since its launch, which is the same sound system EDC installs for its clients.
Solotech’s vice president of R&D, Francois Desjardins, asserted his trust in a Meyer Sound solution, “the first system had served the room for more than 15 years, so reliability and longevity were important factors in the selection of the brand-new audio system. Once given the design, we worked to ensure the installed system would achieve all goals with hopes of exceeding expectations for guests of the all-new Colosseum. We always strive to achieve the best of the best. People remember your most recent project, not the one from 15 years ago.”
The new system was constructed around parallel lineups of 16 LYON line array loudspeakers with a center of 12 LEOPARD line array loudspeakers. The bass elements are supplied by 18 1100-LFC and 14 900-LFC low-frequency controls. The fill and delay system has four UPQ-D1 loudspeakers, six LINA loudspeakers, and 26 UPM-1P loudspeakers. An AVB network syncs Eight Galileo GALAXY 816 processors and the leading arrays use Meyer Sound’s Low-Mid Beam Control technology for consistent response. All of the AV and lighting can work together or independently depending on the act, making it an incredibly versatile and malleable system.
The band Journey’s guitarist Neal Schon loves the new renovations, “we love the way that it has an intimate feel for a big venue. You can see people quite far back into the room. I can tell the sound is good because I can see that they are getting it, that we are connecting with them through this great sound system.” Even though The Colosseum has 4,300 seats available, not a single seat is more than 145 feet away from the stage.
This year, Caesars Entertainment partnered with Live Nation, the number one live entertainment promoter in the world, to bring more exciting acts to The Colosseum. Caesars Entertainment then entrusted responsibility to Production Specialists of Las Vegas (PSLV) for both AV and production management. Looking ahead, Mariah Carey, Jerry Seinfeld, and Sting are among the lineup of artist residents that will begin residences in 2020, performing at the newly renovated Colosseum.