Say Hello To Big Hoss
Move over, Houston. Fort Worth just took the lead in the HD video board arms race. Texas Motor Speedway plans to create the largest high-definition video board in the world in time for the 2014 racing season.
The Panasonic board will clock in at a whopping 20,633.64 square feet, nearly a half-acre, while measuring 218 feet wide and 94 feet tall, making it not only the biggest board in Texas — a title the Houston Texans currently hold — but also in the world.
The video screen at Texas Motor Speedway will be 79 percent larger than the giant video board at AT&T Stadium.
The previous title-holder is the 16,000-square-foot video board at Charlotte Motor Speedway, another racetrack owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
To put that 20,633.64 square feet in perspective, the giant video board at AT&T Stadium is a relatively miniscule 11,520 square feet. The video screen at Texas Motor Speedway will be 79 percent larger.
"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," Panasonic's Richard Ballard said in a statement.
Speedway officials have nicknamed the new board Big Hoss. It will feature 4.8 million pixels, display 281 trillion colors and feature a 140-degree horizontal viewing radius.
Construction is slated to begin in November, following the Texas 500 NASCAR weekend, and should be completed in March 2014.