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Houston’s Reliant Stadium plans widest video board in pro sports (sorry, Dallas)

Dec 20, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

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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).

Fox Sports Southwest:

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.

  1. alligatorsnapper - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Jerry’s not going to be happy. Being second to Charlotte Motor Speedway is one thing, but being second to Houston within the big country of Texas will not be taken lightly. Expect Jerry to come up with a video board which is expandable (and contractable). Jerry won’t be able to take it well being second fiddle to Houston!

    • bicyclebill2000 - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Actually, Jerry is in 4th place, soon to be 5th when this is completed.  Not only is the Charlotte’s board bigger than his, there are two horse racing tracks — one in Dubai and another in Japan — that also boast larger video screens these days.


  2. lewp - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Jerry is not going to care one ioda about Houston….or anything associated with Houston.

    While I’m not the biggest jerry jones fan, I do know that the Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium make way more money than that place in houston does….I think Reliant Stadium is goofy with that hill in center field during baseball season…Houston just doesn’t compare t north Texas.

    • stratabuse7 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      SMDH……That hill your talking about is in Minute Maid Park. The Astros ballpark. Idiot!!!!

    • kelshannon19 - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Youre kidding right? Anybody who watches sports knows the difference between a football stadium and a baseball stadium with a freakin train in left-center field. Even if you care about Houston or not you cannot seriously be that dumb. Im embarrassed for you.

  3. lewp - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Just goes to show you how much I care about Houston…jerk!

  4. bicyclebill2000 - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    The way to determine square footage is to multiply the length of something by the width of it.  277 x 52 = 14404, not 14549.  But what the heck, it’s close enough for a press release.