Texas Motor Speedway unveils world's largest video board
Ginormous. Colossal. Gargantuan.
The Texas Motor Speedway wants you to think of every available synonym for "extremely huge" after revealing the world's largest high-definition LED video board, which is a mere 79 percent larger than the one inside the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium.
Big Hoss TV, as it was named by officials at the Fort Worth racing venue, has 4.8 million pixels and 281 trillion colors in 20,633.64 square feet of HD LED display. At 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall, the board towers 125 feet above "Burnout Alley" in the middle of the 1.5-mile oval's backstretch.
Built by Panasonic and reportedly costing tens of millions of dollars, the board edges out the 16,000 square-foot size of fellow Speedway Motorsports-owned Charlotte Motor Speedway for the title of world's largest.
"Everybody is competing in sports with the ever improving technology that we all put into our houses with home theater," track president Eddie Gossage said during an unveiling. "This is a big place and you could be watching somebody race down into Turn 1 and 2 and something occurs up in Turn 3 and you completely missed it. You could miss a moment on pit road. Now with the big screen you are not going to miss a thing."
The video board will entertain race fans at the 190,000-capacity speedway for the first time on April 6 during the Duck Commander 500.
With 19 different video cameras spread across the speedway, which opened in 1997, Gossage says Big Hoss will now offer up everything from replays to close-ups in "one of those 'Everything is Bigger in Texas' stories that we are really proud to be a part of." Also expect plenty of driver and race stats, interactive entertainment, and more.
The 108-ton board took four months to construct and offers the 128,655 seats along the front stretch a clear picture with a 140-degree horizontal viewing radius.
Simply put, Big Hoss stands large.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and gear for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.