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Churchill Downs Goes High Tech With US$15 Million Display
In a major announcement overnight, US racetrack Churchill Downs "has agreed to install a massive high definition video board along the backstretch..."According to sacbee.com, the home of the famous Kentucky Derby (1st leg of the US Triple Crown) will unveil the significant technology investment on April 26, the opening night of 2014 Derby Week. The US$15 million viewing platform will be 171 feet wide by 170 feet high and will be 80 feet above the ground, effectively making it the size of 2,200 42 inch TVs. Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery claims it will be "the largest high definition video board currently constructed anywhere in the world." A further US$27 million is also being invested to improve facilities.