Dec 20, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT
Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational video board!
They say that one-upping the Dallas Cowboys is not the intention, but the folks in Houston who are planning a new video board for Reliant Stadium aren’t fooling anyone. The home of the Houston Texans will soon own the widest stadium video board in the world, as construction is set to begin on a 14,549 square-foot (277 feet by 52 feet) Mitsubishi video screen. It’s expected to be finished by Aug. 1, 2013, just in time for the football season.
That surpasses the current Texas, and world champ of video boards, currently in Cowboys Stadium. That one is a four-sided, 11,520 square foot (160 feet by 72 feet) monster. That was the biggest HD screen in the world before being overtaken by the screen at Charlotte Motor Speedway (200 feet wide).
One-upping Dallas, however, is not the big idea here. Houston would like to host the Super Bowl in 2017, and the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation — which on Wednesday approved the new scoreboard — believed it was a necessary addition in service of that goal.
“An integral component is the Super Bowl bid,” Rootes said. “Their question is, ‘What is the experience going to be like? The game experience for the fans when they’re there for the Super Bowl?’ When you show that picture and it is the largest stadium installation, 25 percent larger than what they’ve seen before, you can’t help but think that will be exciting for the fans.”
I can’t help but feel that the next giant video board will be bigger than the field itself. Replays will be shown in 3D and directed by Peter Jackson, and if the stadium has the retractable roof, will be viewable from space.
But remember, they also hold rodeo events in Reliant Stadium. I can’t wait to see the world’s biggest horse.
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