Texas, celebrities unveil world's largest TV

March 20, 2014, Staff report,

NASCAR President Mike Helton, Kyle Busch and 'Duck Dynasty' stars turn out with 8,000 fans

Texas Motor Speedway unveiled the world's largest High-Definition LED video board on Wednesday night in Fort Worth, Texas, and the screen drew celebrities from television and racing, along with more than 8,000 fans.

NASCAR President Mike Helton, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, Duck Commander CEO and star of "Duck Dynasty" Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, brought their own star power to shine next to "Big Hoss TV" built by Panasonic -- which stretches 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall.

Standing tall over the track's backstretch, "Big Hoss TV" features 20,633.64 square feet of HD LED display that consists of 4.8 million pixels and 281 trillion colors. It will surpass fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet) as Guinness World Record holder for the world's largest HD LED video board when a Guinness official deems it so April 6 before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500. The screen is 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, which stands at 11,520 square feet.

More than 8,000 fans in Texas Motor Speedway's infield watched "Big Hoss TV" built by Panasonic -- which stretches 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall -- light up the North Texas sky as the behemoth HD video board finally came to life after more than four months of construction.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch signs a Goodyear Eagle Tire for race fan Hannah Barnes.

"I always love coming to Texas," Busch said. "This is the biggest crowd think I've ever seen for a TV debut. It's pretty awesome. That's why they say 'Everything is bigger in Texas.' "

Busch will attempt to sweep his second consecutive spring weekend with wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 4 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 on Sunday April 6.

"My living room TV is 75 inches, so it's not a 2,844-inch TV, that's for sure," Busch said. "That's quite interesting to put into perspective with what you have in your house."


(R-L) NASCAR President Mike Helton answers a question as Speedway Motorsports Inc. President Marcus Smith and host Paige Duke look on at the unveiling of 'Big Hoss' at Texas Motor Speedway.


(L-R) Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and COO Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith and "Duck Dynasty" stars Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson and John Godwin pose during a press conference for the unveiling of "Big Hoss" the largest HD video board in the world at Texas Motor Speedway.

"Only in my mind," Willie said when asked if he ever pictured himself that big as seen on "Big Hoss TV." "We've got some cool things happening here and with that big TV screen I can't wait to see what we look like that big."


Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage speaks at the unveiling of "Big Hoss," the largest HD video board in the world at Texas Motor Speedway.

"Everybody is competing in sports with the ever-improving technology that we all put into our houses with home theater," Gossage said. "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.

"You are going to see the replays. You are going to see the up-close, tight shots. The fans won't miss a thing. It is the ultimate fan amenity. To have the biggest one in the world, that's just one of those "Everything is Bigger in Texas" stories that we are really proud to be a part of."

Season tickets begin at $270 through the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting Individual tickets also are available through the ticket office and website.


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