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World's biggest HD video board under construction

World's biggest HD video board...
World's biggest HD video board under construction (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
World's biggest HD video board under construction (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
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Gargantuan 200-foot-wide x 80-foot-tall screen (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
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Gargantuan 200-foot-wide x 80-foot-tall screen (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
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Charlotte Motor Speedway officials announced a partnership with Panasonic in September 2010 (CMS Photo)
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Charlotte Motor Speedway officials announced a partnership with Panasonic in September 2010 (CMS Photo)
A mock up of the monster screen (CMS Photo)
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A mock up of the monster screen (CMS Photo)
World's biggest HD video board under construction (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
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World's biggest HD video board under construction (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
World's biggest HD video board under construction (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
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World's biggest HD video board under construction (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
The structure will weigh 332.5 tons (665,000 pounds) and contain more than 9 million LED lamps when the switch is flicked for racing events in May (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
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The structure will weigh 332.5 tons (665,000 pounds) and contain more than 9 million LED lamps when the switch is flicked for racing events in May (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
Construction crews have already trucked out 18,000 cubic yards of dirt and 3,000 cubicyards of concrete (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)
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Construction crews have already trucked out 18,000 cubic yards of dirt and 3,000 cubicyards of concrete (Credit Harold Hinson/CMS Photo)

NASCAR fans are in for a high-definition treat this year at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, where construction of a gargantuan 200-foot-wide x 80-foot-tall screen is underway. Billed as the world's largest HD video board, the structure will weigh 332.5 tons (665,000 pounds) and contain more than 9 million LED lamps when the switch is flicked for racing events in May.

Designed by Panasonic – a company that's no stranger to larger than life screens – the video board will be situated across from the start/finish line between turns 2 and 3 with the top edge stretching to 110 feet above the track.

Replays, leaderboard updates and interactive entertainment will be displayed in high-def (720P) resolution.

A mock up of the monster screen (CMS Photo)
A mock up of the monster screen (CMS Photo)

Construction crews have already trucked out 18,000 cubic yards of dirt and 3,000 cubicyards of concrete in preparation for the board's 500,000-pound steel frame which will be held in place by 50-foot long concrete piers drilled down to bedrock level.

The video screen is slated to be operational for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29, 2011.

1 comment
Matt Rings
Too bad it\'s not 4K resolution, but from 1/2 mile away, I suppose 720p will be adequate for the video...