High def video board for Twin Spires

Updated: October 7, 2013

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – Historic Churchill Downs has agreed to
install a massive high definition video board along the backstretch.

The $12 million, 15,224-square-foot Panasonic board will be installed in time
for the 140th Kentucky Derby on May 3 and Kentucky Oaks the day prior. It will
be placed about midway along the backstretch and outside the main dirt course.

“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

The board will be 171 feet wide by 170 feet high and will be 80 feet above the
ground “making it the largest high definition video board currently
constructed anywhere in the world.”

The video board is expected to be debuted at “Opening Night” of Derby Week on
Saturday, April 26, 2014.