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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Churchill Downs plans to install a 171-foot wide video board in time for next year's Oaks and Derby.
The board will be installed about midway along the backstretch and will be visible from clubhouse and grandstand seats as well as from the infield. The Downs says that means fans will no longer be able to say they spent the entire day at the track without seeing a horse.
Panasonic will install the $12 million dollar, 15,224-square-foot HD LED video board. The Downs says it will be bigger than three NBA basketball courts or five average homes. It will weigh over one million pounds and is said to be able to withstand winds up to 85 mph.
The display will be able to show split screens of live and recorded programming.
Churchill Downs General Manager Ryan Jordan tells WDRB News, "And then the graphics, the images, the things we're going to be able to with the technology behind this board, is going to present the race and present the excitement in a way we haven't been able to in the past."
Installation is expected to begin in December and be completed by mid-March. It's expected to premiere Saturday, April 26 of next year.