The Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have proposed replacing Reliant Stadium's scoreboards with two high-definition video display screens, whose combined square footage will surpass any football stadium scoreboard in the country, FOX 26 Sports has learned.
Sources with knowledge of the process told FOX 26 Sports the new hi-def LED screens will cost about $16 million, and would be installed where the current scoreboards are located at Reliant Stadium in time for the 2013 NFL season.
The proposed video boards will offer hi-lites, scores, statistics and advertising and will cover both end zones at Reliant Stadium.
The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, landlord of Reliant Park, is scheduled to consider the proposal at its meeting next week.
If the proposal is approved the Texans and the Rodeo, primary tenants at Reliant Park, would cover the costs of the new video display screens on an interim basis.
Both will eventually be reimbursed by Reliant Stadium's repair and replacement funds.
Those funds, which come from hotel, motel and rental car taxes, are presently being used to pay off some of the bonds at Reliant Park.
Due to the economic downtown in 2008, some of stadium's bonds had to be paid off at an accelerated rate.
Texans owner Bob McNair said in October a new state-of-the-art digital scoreboard at Reliant Stadium will help the city of Houston's efforts to land Super Bowl LI in 2017.
Houston is one of two finalists for the game.
San Francisco and South Florida are finalists for the Super Bowl in 2016, with the loser battling Houston for the 2017 Super Bowl.
The NFL's owners will vote on both games in May.
"Our scoreboards need to be replaced," McNair said in October. "We don't have digital scoreboards. We're the last team in the league now that doesn't have a digital scoreboard.
"The better the facilities are that we can make available to the league, the more attractive Houston is as a (Super Bowl) site."
Willie Loston, executive director of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, declined comment.
Officials from the Texans and the Rodeo have not been available for comment.
SMG released the following statement on Wednesday evening:
The Board of Directors of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation (HCSCC) will consider items on its December 19, 2012 meeting agenda related to the purchase and installation of two high definition LED displays in Reliant Stadium.
The Board is considering proposals to purchase the high definition LED displays. If approved, installation is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2013 NFL season and the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™.
Additional technical information regarding the LED displays will be available at the board meeting on December 19, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Reliant Center.