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Bigger in Texas: Speedway’s screen will be sport’s biggest

Texas Motor Speedway is going for the record of having the world’s largest high-definition video board. A mockup (pictured) of what has been nicknamed ‘Big Hoss TV’ by speedway officials was shown at the recent press launch. In a state that already boasts seven of the world’s 50 largest HD video boards, Texas Motor Speedway will vault to the No. 1 position for a sporting venue in not only Texas but the world.

The Panasonic video board display, which will be located in the centre of the backstretch, will feature a staggering 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.

The display size 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 HD 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 will debut 3-6 April at the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. No financial terms of the agreement between Texas Motor Speedway and Panasonic were disclosed.

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.