Monster size TV Screen Coming to Churchill Downs

In time for the 2014 Kentucky Derby!

Churchill Downs has teamed up with Panasonic to install a 15,224-square-foot, high-definition (HD) LED video board in time for both the 2014 Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby in May of next year.  The $12 million project is set to be completed some time in April.

This high definition screen will be placed on the backstretch run and is bigger than:

  • 3 NBA basketball courts,
  • 5 average size U.S. homes,
  • 2,200 46-inch flat-screen TVs, and
  • 320,000 Apple iPhone 5 screens

“Since 2005 we have invested over $160 million in improving our fans’ experience,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Along with our current $15 million Grandstand Terrace project we are investing over $27 million this year to make Churchill Downs not only the best venue for Thoroughbred racing’s biggest events, the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, but one of the premier sports and entertainment venues anywhere in the world.”

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