Texas Motor Speedway recently announced a partnership with Panasonic to create the world's largest high-definition video board and enhance another major aspect of the overall fan experience beginning in 2014. Texas is already the home of seven of the world's 50 largest HD video boards, and the screen at TMS will vault to the No. 1 position for a sporting venue, in not only Texas, but the world.
The video board display, located in the center of the backstretch, will be a 20,633.64-square-foot HD display - nearly a half-acre - with dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall. It will stand nearly 125 feet above ground level and weigh more than 108 tons.
The display size allows TMS to succeed another Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility, Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet), as the owner of the world's largest sporting venue HD screen, and also takes the state title away from Reliant Stadium in Houston, which recently upgraded to a 14,549-square-foot HD display. Locally, it will be 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (11,520 square feet), home of the Dallas Cowboys.
The video board, nicknamed "Big Hoss TV" by speedway officials, will debut April 3rd through 6th at the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. No financial terms of the agreement between Texas Motor Speedway and Panasonic were disclosed.
"We are extremely proud to have the world's largest video board coming to Texas Motor Speedway as well as now having the top two largest in the world at our facilities," said Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bruton Smith. "This continues to show our company's commitment to our great race fans and our efforts to remain at the forefront of our industry. (Texas Motor Speedway President) Eddie (Gossage) always tells me everything is bigger in Texas, so I wanted to make this video board fit his motto."
Construction will begin following the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, October 31st through November 3rd, and the project is scheduled for completion by March 2014. Keep up with news from the track at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Quotes in this piece provided by Texas Motor Speedway PR.
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