Avon ‘Video Stadium’ opens Feb. 2
AVON — Bigger is not necessarily better, except perhaps where “big” screens for sporting events are concerned. The town of Avon will serve as the post-race transition into Vail’s evening festivities for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Après Avon – A Street Fair of Music, Tastings and Spontaneity during the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships — is one of three major programs of the Championships.
Après Avon is the featured post-races activity center each day from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The event is an outdoor and tented venue in Avon’s core and will present live music, performance art, food, craft brews and distilled tastings, as well as host athlete autograph sessions, visits by the 2015 mascots, and American–rooted activities.
Vail and Beaver Creek organizers recently finalized an agreement with Faber Audiovisual to provide all of the video screens, scoreboards and sound systems that will bring the championships to the world, both in the stadiums, at Après Avon and in locations throughout the Vail Valley. Measuring close to 69 feet (21 meters), the screen will feature a 170-degree viewing angle.
Starting at 9 a.m. each day, Après Avon’s Video Stadium will feature live programming, live feeds and replays of the day’s races and other specialty programming. Programming will continue throughout the Après Avon event and conclude at 5:30 p.m. each day.
While watching the action, guests can enjoy delicious soups, sandwiches, crepes and desserts from Avon’s Après concession area along with shopping for items from local vendors in the Après Shop winter market. Visitors to the market will be eligible to win one of five 2015 Pin of the Day Collectors Sets, awarded at the completion of the series. Additionally, a limited number of each day’s unique 2015 Pins of the Day will be given away at each Après Avon event.
Après Avon is located at Possibility Plaza on Avon’s Main Street Mall at the northwest corner of Avon Road and Benchmark Road (adjacent to the new Windham Hotel) and within a short walking distance to Avon’s Transit Station where buses will provide free transportation to and from Vail, Beaver Creek and parking areas. General public parking is available for all 2015 Alpine World Ski Championship events at the Rodeo Lot in East Avon. Limited parking for Après Avon is available on Lake Street, West Beaver Creek Boulevard and at the Avon Recreation Center. Free buses between Vail, Beaver Creek and Avon will be running throughout the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.
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