The easy joke here is to mention the old adage that everything’s bigger in Texas. But that would be the easy way out. So we’re not going to write it.
Since it opened in 2009, Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) has owned the largest video board in the NFL, with dimensions of 180 feet by 72 feet. In the landscape of American sports, it was actually surpassed by the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s massive display, but it’s still darn impressive.
Well, now the Houston Texans have stolen some of the Cowboys’ Texas thunder.
On Saturday, the Texans will unveil twin Mitsubishi-made video boards that will become the largest in the NFL, according to the Houston Chronicle. Reliant Stadium’s new twin scoreboards will be 277 feet by 52 feet, for a total of 14,549 square feet each, with a total cost of $16.5 million.
It’s worth pointing out that Dallas’ dimensions are closer to a traditional 16-by-9 home television format. This means that, actually, a smaller portion of Houston’s scoreboard will be used for video replays than in Dallas. Still, the total usable scoreboard space is larger.
Check out a size comparison of the NFL’s largest video boards in the infographic (via Gizmodo) below, with a video from the stadium below that.