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PREAKNESS GOES MOBILE WITH 1/ST LIVE DRIVE-IN-FIELD-FEST BENEFIT; NBC TO ANNOUNCE DATE

By Gulfstream Park Press Staff – As part of the first-of-its-kind 1/ST Preakness At Home event 1/ST LIVE announces Drive-InFieldFest presented by Budweiser Zero, a new alcohol free brew. 

Drive-InFieldFest is the nation’s first full-scale safe drive-in concert featuring a live performance DJ set by D-Nice exclusively for first responders, which will take place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET. and will be livestreamed on YouTube via www.1stlivepresents.com.

InfieldFest, the full-day music festival tradition at the Preakness Stakes has featured some of the world’s top performers including Post Malone, Bruno Mars, Kygo, Maroon 5, Sam Hunt and The Chainsmokers and this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been reimagined as Drive-InFieldFest, marking the racing industry’s first full-scale safe and socially distant drive-in concert. 

Drive-InFieldFest will recognize 200 first responders who will remain in their cars as they enjoy the hour-long DJ set by iconic DJ D-Nice, the trailblazing DJ behind #ClubQuarantine. Budweiser Zero will provide the beverages and local South Florida eatery Drunken Dragon will provide the bites for the first responders as they enjoy the live show.

“The coronavirus pandemic has immediately changed the world of live entertainment as we know it,” said Jimmy Vargas, Managing Partner of 1/ST LIVE, the team executive producing the first-of-its-kind show.  

“It has also highlighted the power of music as a uniting force. No one has taken the lead in streaming live music during this pandemic more than D-Nice and we saw an opportunity to share his talent, creative spirit and authenticity with both first responders and fans while supporting the important work of first responders utilizing the grounds at Gulfstream Park since we were not able to be at Pimlico.”

Respecting all social distancing requirements, D-Nice’s set will transmit live via guests’ car radios and will also stream live on YouTube. Viewers of Drive-InFieldFest will be invited to donate to first responders via a link on YouTube. 

The Preakness Stakes and InfieldFest, typically held on the third Saturday in May, were postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new date for Preakness 145 at Pimlico Race Course will be announced on NBC’s nationally televised broadcast, The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown, airing on May 16th at 5 p.m. ET.

Immediately following the NBC broadcast on May 16th, the 1/ST Preakness At Home livestream event will air on Facebook.com/Preakness featuring a look back at the fun, festivities and world-class Thoroughbred racing of Preakness past, hosted by NBC Sports’ Laffit Pincay III and XBTV’s Zoe Cadman at 6 p.m. ET.

The one-hour livestream event will feature appearances by some of racing’s biggest stars including, Hall of Fame trainer and seven-time Preakness winner Bob Baffert and Triple Crown winning jockey Mike Smith along unique behind the scenes footage, never before seen content and a mashup of some of the best musical performances from previous InfieldFest concerts and a special performance by the Naval Academy Glee Club.

For more information please visit www.preakness.com. Follow all of the excitement of the Preakness Stakes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PreaknessStakes, #Preakness, #PreaknessAtHome.

History of Preakness InfieldFest:

Preakness InfieldFest is a multi-entertainment festival featuring national headlining artists on two stages, the popular MUG Club and unique attractions throughout the day to give fans an unparalleled entertainment experience. InfieldFest has showcased many of music’s biggest stars, including Sam Hunt and Good Charlotte (2017), The Chainsmokers and Fetty Wap (2016), Armin van Buuren and Childish Gambino (2015), Lorde and NAS (2014), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pitbull and Florida Georgia Line (2013), Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa (2012), Bruno Mars (2011), Zac Brown, O.A.R. and Train (2010), and Buckcherry and ZZ Top (2009).

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