World's largest HD video board coming to Texas Motor Speedway
FORT WORTH, Texas – If anyone needs further proof that everything's bigger in Texas, they need to head to Texas Motor Speedway next April for the Sprint Cup weekend.
That's when the track will unveil its "Big Hoss" high definition video board on the track's backstretch.
How big is the video board? Nearly half-an-acre big.
The Panasonic board is scheduled to be completed next March and when they flip the switch on the display, it will be more than 70 yards long (218 feet) and almost 100 feet tall (94.6). When you add in the support for the video screen, it will top out at nearly 125 feet from the ground.
"Big Hoss is the biggest, baddest big screen in the world," Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said.
The new display will top Charlotte Motor Speedway's HD screen for the world's largest at 20,633.64 square feet. The Charlotte board is a mere 16,000 feet.
As for the in-state bragging rights, all other video boards will now bow to TMS. Houston's Reliant Stadium measures just 14,549 square feet. And then there's the Jerry World display at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. That video board is only 11,520 square feet, which might as well go into the guest bedroom of the HD video house when compared to the new monster at TMS.
Gossage said having a screen bigger than the one for the Cowboys wasn't the goal.
"As everybody raises the bar, you've got to go as well," he said. "You've got to give (Cowboys owner) Jerry (Jones) credit, they made it a big-screen market. But I've always wanted to do it."
Gossage had wanted a big screen at the track for five years but the approval process was slowed because of the cost involved. He finally got clearance for it last December.
" Eddie always tells me everything is bigger in Texas, so I wanted to make this video board fit his motto," Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith said in a statement.
The cost of the new video board wasn't disclosed Monday night but rest assured the 108-ton, 1080P, 4.8-million pixel screen cost more than anything anyone is putting in their media room. Gossage said the purchase order was the biggest one he's ever approved and the check he'll write for the big screen the biggest one he's ever written.
TMS is even taking care of fans who sit on the backstretch for races. While they won't be able to view "Big Hoss" the track is putting in an 18 foot x 240-foot board to accommodate those fans.
Construction of "Big Hoss" and his little friend is set to begin following the November Sprint Cup race at TMS.