Venue News: Texas Motor Speedway Unveils ‘Big Hoss TV,’ WVU Plans Lengthy List of Venue Projects

Texas Motor Speedway lit up Wednesday night as track officials unveiled the world’s largest high-definition LED video board to the public, writes ESPN Dallas. Sitting along the track’s backstretch, the board — dubbed “Big Hoss TV” and manufactured by Panasonic — stands 12 stories high and provides 20,633.34 square feet of HD broadcasting. To put that in perspective, the imagery on the board is 79% larger than the huge video board at AT&T Stadium, which will host the Final Four in three weeks. TMS’ new structure also eclipses Charlotte Motor Speedway, which held the record for the largest HD board until Wednesday night…

…West Virginia University officials have a lengthy list of projects either underway or in the idea stage, the result of what they expect to be windfall profits from the school’s association with the Big 12 Conference and its multimedia rights deal with IMG College, writes The Charleston Gazette. Many of the projects are already known and, in some cases, planning or construction has begun. However, on Thursday, the Mountaineer Athletic Club — the school’s athletic fundraising arm — put most of the ideas in print. The total amount expected to be available for the projects is $106 million, according to a West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Facilities Plan.” The majority of that is a $75 million bond made possible by the guaranteed annual revenue from the Big 12…

…To keep Time Warner Cable Arena among the NBA’s most modern buildings, the Charlotte Bobcats and tourism officials have submitted a $41.9 million list of improvements to the city of Charlotte, according to the Charlotte Observer. The request includes suite improvements, restaurant renovations and moving the ticket office at the 8 1/2-year-old facility. It comes less than a year after the City Council voted to give $87.5 million for stadium improvements for the Carolina Panthers…

…Home Team Sports has started selling in-arena video advertisements through a partnership with Access Sports Media, writes SportsBusiness Journal. The move allows the Fox Sports-owned sales group to continue with a sales strategy it calls “surround the fan,” meaning packaging national TV spots on regional sports networks, in-arena signage and video ads on concourse TVs. The new deal will see HTS sell ads on concourse screens in more than 50 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL venues. HTS already sells in-arena signs, promotions and sponsorships for more than two dozen professional teams. It also handles national ad sales for almost all regional sports networks…

…When Jim Plummer, technical director for the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, was shopping for a new production switcher at the 2013 NAB Show, he kept coming back to Broadcast Pix integrated production switchers. His choice became even easier when he won a Flint system during the show, which the arena upgraded to a Granite X. Home to the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena was built in 1975 had a major renovation in 1997, which included the installation of a Sony analog switcher with external DVE. As part of a 2013 upgrade to HD production, which also included new cameras and monitors, the new Granite was installed early last fall in time for the current hockey season.