Fans of Texas Motor Speedway are well aware that four AT&T Stadiums can fit inside the infield of the 1.5 mile oval track in Fort Worth. At an invitation-only event Monday night inside the Speedway Club towering above Turn One, TMS President Eddie Gossage announced that the motorsports facility again will be doing it bigger than its Tarrant County neighbor to the east as the world's largest HD video board will be on display for fans, beginning with the Texas 500 next April.
TMS is partnering with Panasonic to create the video board that will be 20,633.64 square feet of HD display with dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall. The video board, nicknamed "Big Hoss," will be close to 125 feet above ground level and carry a weight of over 108 tons. Since the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium topped the Dallas Cowboys this offseason by increasing its video board size to 14,549 square feet, the news from TMS brings the bragging rights back to DFW.
"This continues to show our company’s commitment to our great race fans, and our efforts to remain at the forefront of our industry,” SMI (owner of TMS) Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith said. “Eddie [Gossage] always tells me everything is bigger in Texas, so I wanted to make this video board fit his motto.”
Construction will begin immediately following the Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500 Chase for the Sprint Cup race. "'Big Hoss" will be on display for the April 6 Texas 500 race. The race has been shifted from its traditional Saturday night spot to Sunday afternoon with the NCAA Men's Final Four being held the same weekend at AT&T Stadium.
The move from racing under the lights is only for 2014 and is aimed at not only avoiding a head-to-head conflict with the men's college basketball marquee event, but to set up the ultimate sports weekend in DFW. With the men's basketball semi-finals taking place on Saturday night and finals on Monday night, the Sunday afternoon race will likely be a tough ticket as sports fans from across the country who are in DFW will undoubtedly be looking for an activity on the day between the hoops action.
The other item on the agenda for the standing-room-only crowd inside the Speedway Club was the matter of the $1.1 billion worth of road improvements along Texas 114 that have drastically improved the main thoroughfare for fans coming to Fort Worth from the east. The DFW Connector project in Grapevine that began in 2009 is set to be completed in October and will also ease the trip to TMS.
"This should put the old myth about traffic issues away forever," Gossage told the crowd of media and club members. "Long lines of traffic are a thing of the past."
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