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CONCORD, NC (WBTV) -

Apparently everything IS bigger in Texas. Or at least it will be soon.

On Monday, Bruton Smith's Texas Motor Speedway announced it is partnering with Panasonic to create the world's largest high-definition video board.

The title of world's largest sporting venue hi-definition screen is currently held by the big screen at Smith's Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

"In a state that already boasts seven of the world's 50 largest HD video boards, Texas Motor Speedway will vault to the No. 1 position for a sporting venue in not only Texas but the world with this behemoth creation by Panasonic," a statement from TMS said.

The video board display, which will be located in the center of the backstretch, will feature a 20,633.64 square feet of HD display – nearly a half-acre – with dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall. The entire structure will stand nearly 125 feet above ground level and weigh more than 108 tons.

By comparison, the screen at CMS is approximately 16,000 square feet.

It will also be 79-percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The new video board, nicknamed "Big Hoss TV" by speedway officials, will debut April 3-6 at the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.

"We are extremely proud to have the world's largest video board coming to Texas Motor Speedway as well as now having the top two largest in the world at our facilities," Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bruton Smith said. "This continues to show our company's commitment to our great race fans and our efforts to remain at the forefront of our industry. (Texas Motor Speedway President) Eddie (Gossage) always tells me everything is bigger in Texas, so I wanted to make this video board fit his motto."

During race weekends, the video board will feature live race coverage, leaderboard information, driver and race statistics, instant replays, interactive entertainment and more. Speedway officials also are examining a variety of options to utilize the video board during non-race weekends as well.

Construction will begin following the Oct. 31-Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend and the project is scheduled for completion by March 2014.

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