World's Largest HD Sports Venue Board Begins To Take Shape At Texas Motor Speedway
January 08, 2014, NASCAR.com
FORT WORTH, Texas (January 8, 2014) – The massive steel beams that will compose the skeletal structure of the world’s largest HD sports venue video board being created by Panasonic will be raised over the next three weeks of construction at Texas Motor Speedway.
The steel-beam skeleton will serve as the foundation and framework of the video board known as “Big Hoss TV” that will weigh 108 tons and rise 12 stories above the center of the backstretch at the world-class, Fort Worth-based motorsports venue. With dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall, the video board display area will feature 20,633.64 square feet of HD imagery to earn it the official title of world’s largest.
The lower section of steel uprights currently is moving into place and that phase is expected to be completed by Jan. 21. The upper uprights immediately will follow and are scheduled to be completed by Jan. 31. The electrical infrastructure of “Big Hoss TV” also is underway and is expected to be completed by the middle of next week. Power to the base of the video board is scheduled for completion by mid-January.
Once the skeletal structure is in place, the framework modules will be put in place through the first three weeks of February. The 83 giant module cabinets currently are being built at Jones Sign in De Pere, Wis., near Green Bay, and will be transported to Texas Motor Speedway upon completion. These cabinets serve as the frame for the LED modules containing 14 million LED lamps that will follow in the next phase of construction.
Fans and media interested in tracking the progress of “Big Hoss TV” can visithttp://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/at-track/big-hoss-tv, where a time-lapse camera is positioned on the construction site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Big Hoss TV” is scheduled to be completed by March 1 and officially will be unveiled during the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader race week scheduled for April 3-6. During race weekends, the video board will feature live race coverage, leaderboard information, driver and race statistics, instant replays, interactive entertainment and more.