Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs adding giant $12M video board

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Churchill Downs is installing a video board bigger than three basketball courts to make sure everyone attending the Kentucky Derby can actually see the horse race.

The Louisville track said Monday the more than 15,000-square-foot video board will be installed early next year - well ahead of the Run for the Roses on the first Saturday in May.

At 171-foot wide and 170 feet in height, it will be the largest HD video board currently constructed anywhere in the world, according to the Churchill Downs Twitter page.

The high-definition video board will be installed about midway along the backstretch and outside the dirt course.

The $12 million project is the latest upgrade at the famed track.

Track officials say the video board will be positioned to maximize the viewing angle for fans in the 55,638 clubhouse and grandstand seats and tens of thousands of fans packed in the track's 26-acre infield.

Some fans have limited views of the track on Derby Day.

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