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Reliant Stadium strengthening bid to land UIL state finals?
December 20, 2012By Tim Polzer of VYPE MAGAZINE - DFW
Houston's Reliant Stadium recently added an artificial turf field to help it land future UIL state high school football finals. Yesterday, the stadium's governing body voted to add another component capable of competing with Cowboys Stadium.
The Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. voted to add video boards expected to be larger than those at Cowboys Stadium, according to a report by the Houston Business Journal.
Officials of the Guiness World Record book recognized the Mitsubishi screens at Cowboys Stadium as "the World's Largest High-Definition Video Display," in 2009. The stadium still claims the NFL's -- and therefore high school football's -- largest display, though the Charlotte Motor Speedway claims it's video boards are bigger.
Reliant Stadium's are proposed to be even larger:
“Our game experience is consistently rated as one of the finest in the world and these spectacular video boards will help us elevate to an even higher level of performance for our fans,” Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes said in a release.
Construction is expected to start at the end of the current season and to be completed by August. The new displays will provide exclusive video content, real-time information and enhancements to improve the viewing experience, Rootes said.
The improvement is actually part of the stadium's bids for future Super Bowls and FBS college playoff bowls.
Watching high school action on the field and in the stands on the mammoth screens at Cowboys Stadium has been a popular feature of the stadium's hosting of previous UIL state football finals, including this year's schedule of nine championship games beginning today and running through Saturday night.
Houston, Dallas and San Antonio are expected to bid on next year's UIL state football championships.