Conquering Colossus: Inside the world’s largest center-hung television display for Battle at Bristol game

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WATE/WJHL) – Along with the players, the world’s largest center-hung television display in motor sports history will be at the center of all the action on game day.

A modern marvel and wonder in its own right, Colossus will be on display for college football’s biggest game, but before the match up between University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech. The entire piece weighs approximately 700 tons and is suspended by cables attached to towers located outside the track.

“We’ve never done a scoreboard this large…Scoreboard wise, this is the largest we’ve handled,” said Jeffrey Swanson, the senior vice president of Barnhart Crane and Rigging, the company that installed Colossus.

The screens on each side measure 68 feet wide by 30 feet high. Altogether, Colossus weighs more than 500 tons, including  400 tons of steel in the four support towers.

“it is an engineering marvel to get this all lifted up,” said Go Vision mobile manager Adam Vahl. Normally it takes about a week to setup Colossus but since race week was so close to the Battle at Bristol game, organizers decided to leave the screens in place.

The massive screens are key for the Battle at Bristol game. The screens will be used for fans to watch the Battle at Bristol game and also display the score, giving college football’s biggest game a memorable view from the sky.

“I think because of the distance of the seats from the field a lot of the fans will be watching the game on the colossus, it’s part of the experience, you have 360 degree viewing which is pretty unique you’ll get to see replays,” said Swanson.

“We have been getting rained on all week but the screens have been holding up,” said Vahl. “We are excited to be part of that, all eyes will be on it we are happy and pleased to be able to provide that service for the fans and bring the action here to Bristol Tennessee.”

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