Texas Motor Speedway plans world's largest TV screen

Credit: Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway provided this artist's conception of the race track's planned "Big Hoss" TV screen towering over the back stretch.

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by TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

FORT WORTH — Texas Motor Speedway is planning to have the world's largest highest-definition video board in place before the NASCAR Sprint Cup race there next spring.

TMS officials unveiled plans Monday night for the nearly half-acre display board dubbed "Big Hoss TV."  The screen will be 218 feet wide and 95 feet high, and placed about 125 feet above ground level in the middle of the backstretch at the 1½-mile track.

It will eclipse the size of the massive HDTV above the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Construction of the 108-ton screen will begin after the Sprint Cup race in November, and is scheduled for completion in March.

TMS President Eddie Gossage said the screen is being built with Texas weather in mind.

"It is engineered for up to 120 miles per hour winds," said Gossage.

Track officials aren't saying how much the project will cost, but Gossage admitted that electric bills could be hefty.

"It will be about $300 an hour," he said. 

The board will be larger than the 200-foot-wide, 80-foot-tall screen at Charlotte Motor Speedway, another Bruton Smith-owned track that currently has the biggest such screen. Both video boards are a partnership with Panasonic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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