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Texas Motor Speedway’s “Big Hoss TV” races into the Guinness books

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Guinness World Records has recognised Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company for its role in the construction of ‘Big Hoss TV’ at the Texas Motor Speedway, officially proclaiming the gargantuan video board to be the “Largest High-Definition Television LED Screen” in the world. 


A Guinness adjudicator made the official certification prior to the start of the April 6 Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series race. With the click of a button on an oversized Panasonic remote control, the technical wizardry of the screen came to life and Big Hoss TV was ushered into permanence in the esteemed record book. 


Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company has now constructed the world’s two largest HD LED video boards: Big Hoss TV in the top spot and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s board, the previous Guinness World Record holder, now in second. The company has also built one of the largest video boards in collegiate sports at Ohio State University.


The company custom-built the colossal HD LED video board and its support structure in a condensed four month schedule. Positioned in the middle of the renowned racetrack’s backstretch, Big Hoss TV is 12 storeys high and built to withstand wind speeds of up to 120mph. 


The 108-ton structure rests on 16 support beams, each buried 40ft deep into bedrock. It has an active display area of 20,633sqft, measures 218ft-wide by 94ft-high, incorporates 4.8 million pixels, and can generate a staggering 281 trillion different colours.   


A control room located three-quarters of a mile away generates content for the display. Creative engineering from Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and its partner, VizRT, resulted in a front-end interface, a technical innovation that enables display operators to manage the complex arrangements of pixels and imagery as one cohesive canvas, rather than a separate collection of individual squares.


President of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, Jim Doyle, said:

Texas Motor Speedway is a leader in the sport of motor racing. They’ve shown a commitment to making investments that enhance the fan experience. We congratulate them on their vision and leadership and completely agree with their belief that innovation can make a big difference to sponsors, fans and the bottom line.


Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants brew up bacon-infused beer milkshake

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Many people tend to have hankerings for beer, milkshakes or bacon – or for that matter all three – and now thanks to Levy Restaurants and Texas Motor Speedway those cravings can be satisfied all at once.

Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Joel Pena has created the Shake ‘n Bacon Brew beer milkshake, a delectable, bacon-infused, alcoholic novelty concoction that fans enjoyed during the recent AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Shake ‘n Bacon Brew utilises local Texas products in its key ingredients with the beverage featuring a signature craft beer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth and ever-popular Blue Bell Ice Cream, a company that was founded in 1907 in Brenham, Texas.

The $10 frothy beverage consists of six ounces of Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug Black Lager, six ounces of Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream, two ounces of bacon-infused maple syrup that is mixed in a blender for a unique milkshake for adults 21 and over. The Shake ‘n Bacon Brew is poured into a 16-ounce plastic souvenir cup featuring the brew’s pig mascot and then topped off with three ounces of whipped cream and bacon crumbles.

Levy Restaurants also produced a ‘Shirley Temple’ version for those fans under 21. The Shake ‘n Bacon Brewless substituted root beer for the Rahr & Sons beer.

Check out the top six flavour trends for concessions at your venue in 2014 in the Winter issue of PanStadia & Arena Management.

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

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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.