Texas Motor Speedway Unveils Plans for Largest HD Video Board in the World
Monday evening, Texas Motor Speedway unveiled plans for the new "Big Hoss TV" video board which will be installed in 2014. The new high-definition video board will be a Panasonic and it will be installed in the center of the backstretch at TMS.
"Big Hoss TV" will feature 20,633.64 square feet of HD display - nearly a half-acre - with dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall. The entire structure will stand nearly 125 feet above ground level and weigh more than 108 tons. In comparison, the new RaiderVisionHD video board at Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium is 100 feet wide by 38 feet tall. Other large-scale HD video boards in Texas include Minute Maid Park, for the Houston Astros at 124 feet wide by 54 feet tall and the Godzillatron at DKR-Texas Memorial for the Texas Longhorns at 134 feet wide by 55 feet tall.
According to TMS, the display size of the new board will allow Texas Motor Speedway to succeed its fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility - Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 sf) - as the owner of the world's largest sporting venue hi-definition screen as well as wrestle the state title away from the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium that recently upgraded its facility with 14,549 square feet of HD video displays. Locally, it will be 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (11,520 sf), home of the Dallas Cowboys.
The video board, nicknamed "Big Hoss TV" by speedway officials, will debut April 3-6 at the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.
"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," Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bruton Smith said. "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 Oct. 31-Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend and the project is scheduled for completion by March 2014.
"We pride ourselves on the quality of our LED solutions and are pleased to partner with Texas Motor Speedway to provide this record-breaking video display that's a perfect fit to an already spectacular speedway," said Richard Ballard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. "We all know that things are always bigger in Texas, and Texas racing fans should get ready for an experience of a lifetime as their senses will be heightened by the amazing graphics and content that the board will provide."