Bristol Motor Speedway To Add World’s Largest Center-Hung Scoreboard

Bristol Motor Speedway "will soon have the world's largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung" scoreboard, featuring "four high-resolution screens measuring approximately 30 feet tall by 63 feet wide," according to Allen Gregory of the BRISTOL HERALD COURIER.

Construction on the scoreboard, dubbed "Colossus," is scheduled to begin in November. The scoreboard "will rise via four massive support towers ranging in height from 190-220 feet and weighing in at approximately 437 tons." The display "will hang from a halo-shaped truss and features an additional circular LED display beneath the screens which measures nearly six feet in height."

Between the screens and the LED ring, there "will be more than 8,500 square feet of high-resolution, active viewing area."

Thanks to the "help of partners such as Panasonic, Colossus also boasts a state-of-the-art, 540,000-watt audio system powering 380 three-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers." The video system "will host nearly 54 million LEDs and 18 million pixels." BMS GM Jerry Caldwell said that no cost estimate "will be available until core drilling starts." But he added, "It’s a lot."

Caldwell assured that sightlines "will not be impacted" for next year's Battle at Bristol, the Virginia Tech-Tennessee football game that is "expected to smash the all-time college football attendance record with a sellout crowd in the 150,000 range." SMI CEO Marcus Smith, whose company owns the track, added, "I wouldn't be surprised if you hear about bigger events coming to play or to perform at Bristol Motor Speedway, because they are not going to find another facility this big and this amazing anywhere else in the world" BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

Caldwell said of Colossus, “It will be a first and it’s going to take the fan experience at Bristol Motor Speedway to a whole new level. You can put a TV in, or you can put Colossus in, and Colossus is going to do that for Bristol Motor Speedway. This will be the ultimate man cave, if you will." 'NASCAR America,' NBCSN

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