The $12 million investment had its critics, but there's little argument that Churchill Downs' monstrous new video board is a stunner.
For the nearly 25,000 fans on hand for the ‘Big Board' launch Saturday night, it was a huge hit.
Larger than 3 NBA courts and 2,200 46-inch flat-screen TVs, the Big Board impressed racegoers with its size, clarity, and accessibility from almost anywhere on track.
Visible from several downtown buildings (and possibly outer space), the ultra-high-definition Panasonic board will undoubtedly change the Kentucky Derby experience for fans in the infield and the grandstand who have had trouble seeing the horses at various points during the race.
Complimenting the nine million-pixel screen are 750 new speakers throughout the track, useful for allowing everyone to see and hear the post parade, pre- and post-race interviews, and crowd reactions. There's also talk of using the board on non-race days – for movies, concerts, watching sporting events, even video game tournaments.
Here's a taste of the experience from opening night.
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