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Houston Rockets to get Texas-sized video board in arena

Sep 4, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

Rockets arena video board

The Houston Rockets are hosting the All-Star Game this February and as part of that are doing $15 million in upgrades to the arena so it looks all spiffy for its guests. Kind of like how you only hire a cleaning service for your home right before a party.

Among those additions — the largest video screen in an indoor arena in America. That is what the Rockets announced Tuesday (as noticed by Ball Don’t Lie).

The new video board will be the largest indoor center-hung scoreboard in the United States, offering patrons an unprecedented view of the action at Houston Rockets home games and Toyota Center events such as the upcoming 2013 NBA All-Star Game. The new board is the centerpiece of a sweeping arena-wide improvement project that was announced today and also includes the installation of new HD flat panel screens throughout the concourses, upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity options, new concessions point-of-sale systems and other upgrades for Toyota Center patrons.

Apparently somebody had Cowboy Stadium envy. (By the way, the Rockets say it is the largest indoor stadium board by suggesting the Jerry Jones monster board is outdoor.)

There are a lot of cool things the Rockets may do with such a board, but what should be pointed out is this is the trend. The Pacers are getting a similar sized board. You can bet 28 other arenas are thinking about it… okay, 27, there is no way the Maloofs are putting one up in Sacramento.

Still, just like televisions in homes, bigger is better. And we want our Wi-Fi at the same time.

  1. deadeyedesign23 - Sep 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Keepin up with the Jones’

  2. manchestermiracle - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Why are they so intent on providing distractions? An admission that they have no confidence in what they’re putting on the court? Just wondering….

  3. timb12 - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Exactly how big is it going to be?

  4. professoressadiesel - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Pacers board is already up and running.

  5. mcjon22 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    That’s just ridiculous.

  6. thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    As a Rockets fan I don’t really care for this much. Also it just feeds the trolls futher with this whole “Texas sized greed” they have going on, even though they have a point.

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