Texas Motor Speedway’s “Big Hoss” Will be the World’s Largest HDTV – Yes, Even Bigger Than the One in Cowboys Stadium
To say everything is bigger in Texas is an understatement when it comes to sports. The grandiose design of "Jerry World" (Cowboys Stadium) has occupied the headlines quite a bit. Yes, it is a marvel. But, sitting quietly in the shadows is an even greater facility, Texas Motor Speedway.
Yes, I'm a huge NASCAR fan, but I'm speaking using cold, hard facts.
Anyone who has been to Dallas Cowboys Stadium (or watched on TV) has seen the enormous video screen that stretches down the field. Well, come 2014, that enormous screen will look more like a computer monitor. That is, once "Big Hoss" is unveiled at Texas Motor Speedway.
Here are a few fun facts about "Big Hoss":
- 9,000 square feet larger than the Dallas Cowboys' video board.
- 9 Alamos could fit inside the screen area
- 2 times taller than Big Tex
Needless to say, "Big Hoss" is going to be huge.
Here are some more 'fun facts' about Texas Motor Speedway
- Unique Lap Counter: Texas Motor Speedway is the first speedway ever to display the laps in the race counting down AND also counting up. Two separate panels on the scoring tower in different colored lights indicate how many laps are left in the race and also how many laps have been run in the event.
- How Enlightening: Texas Motor Speedway has enough permanent lighting to illuminate 11 NFL stadiums — an average of 2,000,000 watts for a nighttime event. A standard household plug is 120 volts — the speedway lights run on 480 volts each.
- By the Numbers: Approximately 60,000 — 70,000 vehicles are parked on speedway property for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. A Cup race will also see 30,000 — 40,000 fans camping on the speedway grounds.
- Best Supporting Role: There are a total of 400 concrete columns and 600 concrete piers supporting the facility.
- Recycling Riches: The front grandstand is constructed of 2 million pounds of aluminum and 15,000 tons of steel. The aluminum used could produce 61 million Coca-Cola cans.
- Dirty Work: During original construction, workers moved more than 4,000,000 cubic yards of dirt at the speedway.
- Hot Diggity Dog: In one year, enough hot dogs are sold to go around the 1.5-mile oval six times, that’s nine miles!
- Patty Pillar: If all the hamburgers served in one year at the speedway were stacked, it would be taller than a 74-story building.
- Make a Splash: Enough Coca-Cola, Dasani water, coffee and hot chocolate are consumed each year at the races to fill the 34,000-gallon Texas-shaped pool at Lone Star Tower Clubhouse.
- The Big Show: Four Cowboys Stadiums will fit in the infield of Texas Motor Speedway!
- Cold Beer: You can bring your own alcoholic beverages into Texas Motor Speedway.