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Churchill Downs Plans to Unveil Giant $12M HD Panasonic Video Board

Added on: Oct. 29, 2013

Over the past few years, Churchill Downs has spent a great deal of money in an attempt to enhance the overall experience for everyone who visits. Many times in the past people have visited this lavish venue and have failed to experience everything this venue has to offer.

Obscured views, for example, will soon be a thing of the past because more than $160 million has been invested in this particular area to greatly improve the viewing experience for the spectator. Vast improvements have also been made to the facilities and amenities.

A project is currently underway and this will eventually see the launch of a brand new Panasonic High Definition LED Video Board which alone is worth an eye-watering $12 million. Offering a 170-degree viewing angle, everyone who comes here will be able to catch a glimpse of the racing action on this massive new screen.

Speaking about the massive eight year spending spree was the president of Churchill Downs Racetrack, Kevin Flanery, “Since 2005 we have invested over $160 million in improving our fans’ experience.”

He continued, “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.”

The super huge screen measures in at 15,244 square feet and it will be fully installed and up and running just in time for the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands.

The Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Panasonic Eco Solutions North America, Richard Ballard, also commented on this new installation, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Churchill Downs to bring true 21st Century video technology to the 140th Kentucky Derby, the longest continuously conducted sporting event in the country.”

When this new screen is installed, fans will be able to experience horse racing like never before, together with a brand new audio system and cutting edge imagery. Several different camera angles can be viewed at the same time thanks to the multiple split-screen presentations of images, video, data and innovative live feeds and pre-recorded programs.

This new screen is the equivalent size of more than 2,200 46-inch flat screen televisions and it is scheduled to be unveiled on the opening night of Derby Week, on the evening of Saturday April 26th, 2014.