Colossus close to completion

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) — Race week is two weeks away, and work on Bristol Motor Speedway’s newest addition is almost complete.

Crews were at work Saturday afternoon finishing up construction of Colossus, the largest center hung outdoor television.

The structure which is on schedule to be finished Friday, April 8th will feature 4 high resolution screens. The screens measure 68 feet wide and 30 feet tall.

Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports, Steve Swift said this project has been a huge engineering feat.

“The name does it justice,” Swift said. “It has been a Colossus project from the get-go, from the design and concept to what you see now.”

The massive Panasonic center hung TV display will weigh a total of 700 tons and will have a sound system boasting 40 miles of cable and fiber optics.

Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager, Jerry Caldwell said he is blown away at the progress.

“You can’t get a feel for it until you walk in here, and you see that there truly is a three story building that is basically suspended over the racetrack,” said Caldwell. “It’s an engineering marvel and I know the race fans will be blown away.”

Colossus will be up in time for The Food City 500 race weekend, which is April 16th & 17th, and for the Battle At Bristol football game where the University of Tennessee takes on Virginia Tech, September 10th.

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