Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BIG SCREENS, BIG STAR; Country Star Carrie Underwood Seen as Jaguars 'Perfect Choice' for Saturday's Mega Event

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BIG SCREENS, BIG STAR; Country Star Carrie Underwood Seen as Jaguars 'Perfect Choice' for Saturday's Mega Event

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Byline: Tom Szaroleta

The Jaguars needed a big star to launch the biggest video screens on the planet. Carrie Underwood, who's just 5-foot-3, fit the bill perfectly.

She's scheduled to do a 75-minute concert Saturday night. The event, billed as the Jaguars Mega Event, starts with a soccer match between Shad Khan's London team Fulham and the MLS' D.C. United, followed by the debut of the mammoth new video screens at either end of the stadium. Underwood closes out the evening.

She'll perform on a stage set up around the 30-yard line on the north end of the stadium and shown on the big screens. The soccer game and video board unveiling go on rain or shine, but Dan Edwards of the Jaguars said the Underwood show would be canceled if there is inclement weather.

Mark Lamping, president of the Jaguars, said the team was looking for a performer with a broad appeal for the event.

"Our goal was to find a world-class entertainer commensurate with the world-class quality of our fans and our new video boards," Lamping said. "We believe Carrie Underwood was the perfect choice."

So what's so big about Underwood?

- She's won six Grammys, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards and been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry - all in less than a decade.

- In May, Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

- She'll sing the "Sunday Night Football" theme song, "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," for the second consecutive season.

- She starred as Maria in "The Sound of Music Live!," which aired in December on NBC.

- She shared the stage in May with Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, singing the songs of inducted Linda Ronstadt. (Harris, by the way, is also in town Saturday night, performing at the Times-Union Center. …

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