Texas Is Home To The World’s Largest Daytona 500 Watch Party
The Daytona 500 is the race that NASCAR fans wait for all year. It is the first race of the new season and officially kicks off the stock car and truck season. We do everything big in Texas and that includes how we watch the 500. Texas Motor Speedway is hosting the world's largest watch party on the world's largest TV right in the infield.
Thousands of campers and tailgaters are expected to be on hand to watch the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on Texas Motor Speedway's "Big Hoss TV," the world's largest TV, located on the backstretch of the infield. Last year, the speedway had a record 5,000-plus fans and more than 350 RVs RSVP for the event. With Daytona 500 watching parties scheduled throughout the nation, the Texas Motor Speedway event remains the largest.
The two-day public event begins when the gates to the South Tunnel open Saturday at 9 a.m. CT for those looking to camp overnight. Nearly 200 non-camping tailgaters sent an RSVP for the weekend. It also will be open to those tailgaters interested in watching Saturday's season-opening Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 race from Daytona, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The weekend culminates with the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
"Big Hoss TV," certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, is a staggering 22,698 square feet - or just over a half acre - of HD imagery. The screen, which stands 12 stories high and weighs 108 tons, boasts 281 trillion colors and more than five million pixels. It will air pre-race content both days and post-race entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
Fans are permitted to bring their own food and beverage to the infield.