TMS Media Relations | Apr 03, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 3, 2014) – One may assume that Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage’s claim of having the world’s largest, high-definition LED video board may be hyperbole , but the Guinness Book of World Records is going to set the record straight.
During Sunday’s pre-race festivities for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator Philip Robertson will be on hand to present Texas Motor Speedway with a certificate officially certifying “Big Hoss TV” as the world’s largest, high-definition LED video board.
“Big Hoss TV” will officially make its debut and be certified at 12:16 p.m. CT during the pre-race activities on the frontstretch stage leading into the 2 p.m. start of the Duck Commander 500.
The Panasonic-built video board, which is located in the center of the backstretch grandstand area, will feature a staggering 20,633.64 square feet of HD display – roughly a half acre –with overall dimensions of 218 feet wide by 94½ feet tall. The actual height of the structure will rise to nearly 125 feet above ground level with its support structures and weigh more than 108 tons. The display will offer 281 trillion different colors and features 4.8 million pixels.
The display size will allow Texas Motor Speedway to supplant its fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 sf) as the world record holder. On the local front to give its size perspective, “Big Hoss TV” will be 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (11,520 sf), NFL home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“The saying is, ‘Everything is bigger in Texas,’ but we’re going to have to change that to, ‘biggest,’” Gossage said. “The Guinness Book of World Records is an institution and they have deemed ‘Big Hoss TV’ to be the biggest in the world without any qualifiers. It is the ultimate fan amenity. Our fans deserve the best and there isn’t a stadium or an arena anywhere in the world that can top this screen.”
“Big Hoss TV” was a four-month project by Panasonic that began following last November’s AAA Texas 500 tripleheader weekend. The project was completed March 1 and Texas Motor Speedway provided a sneak preview of “Big Hoss TV” on March 19 that featured an episode of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and drew more than 8,000 fans to the event.
Frontstretch tickets are still available for fans wanting to catch a glimpse of “Big Hoss TV” during the Duck Commander 500 weekend. Tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race and Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
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