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Barnhart Colossus Video Screen Install

Building Colossus - How the World's Largest Video Screen Was Built

Raising a Giant

Largest college football crowd to watch game on "Colossus," World's largest TV of its kind.

What promises to be the largest live audience ever to attend a college football game will also make history by watching the game, replays and highlights on the world's largest center-hung TV when the University of Tennessee Volunteers take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in "the Battle at Bristol" at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., on Sept. 10.

The game is the first of its kind to be played at the 150,000-seat NASCAR venue - dubbed "the world's largest football stadium" for the event. The crowd is expected to break attendance records for a college football game. What is certain is that no one has ever watched college football on a larger video display.

Nicknamed "Colossus," the display was installed by Memphis-based Barnhart between January and April of this year. Colossus consists of four 30- by 63-feet custom-built screens suspended from a halo-shaped truss and cage and makes use of 54 million LED lights. Colossus is the world's largest outdoor, permanent, four-sided, center-hung video display and weighs 127 tons. The entire system, which includes the support towers and cables, weighs in at 700 tons.

The installation required careful engineering and surgical precision, and Barnhart was hired by the general contractor for the job due to the company's experience and expertise in engineering, lifting and setting difficult and large projects.

According to Barnhart project manager Tommy Thomasson, "This was a triumph of engineering. Outstanding engineering and execution made this project a success."

Of course, none of the hard work that went into planning and installation will be apparent to those attending the game. All that will matter to the majority is they'll have a better view of what's happening on the field, thanks to the colossal video display suspended above the action.

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