Giant screen and its support structure weighs 1.2 million pounds
Panasonic has announced that it will be installing the world's largest 4K display at Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs is the horse racing park and home to the world famous Kentucky Derby. The gigantic 4K resolution screen is intended to make it easy for fans to keep up with the racing action and to view betting odds and other content.
“During the past 10 years, we’ve invested more than $160 million at Churchill Downs to significantly upgrade our venue and greatly enhance the fan experience,” noted Kevin Flannery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Working with Panasonic to install the first outdoor 4K video board was a critical component of our investment strategy to make Churchill Downs the best Thoroughbred racing facility for all our events and turn it into one of the premiere ‘must see’ sports and entertainment destinations in the world.”
The gigantic screen is 171-feet wide by 90-feet tall and will stand 80-feet above the ground. It has 15,224 square feet of space and the entire structure weighs 1.2 million pounds. A dozen steel support beams were driven 45-feet into the ground to reach bedrock to support the structure. Panasonic says that it can withstand winds up to 90mph.
“We’ve enjoyed this incredible opportunity to partner with Churchill Downs to install the world’s largest, first-of-its-kind 4K video board,” said Jim Doyle, President of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. “The ‘Big Board’ delivers content unparalleled in its clarity and resolution, allowing tens of thousands of fans to experience the excitement and pageantry of this legendary racetrack up close and personal.”