The massive scoreboard known as “Colussus TV” is installed at University of Phoenix Stadium for the upcoming NCAA Final Four games. David Wallace/azentral.com
It will take almost a week to install the scoreboard, which will be suspended from the top scaffolding of University of Phoenix Stadium.
Imagine a scoreboard almost as big as a basketball court.
Or about as big as a 13,000-square-foot, three-story house.
That’s the size of the GoVision Colossus TV being installed for the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four at University of Phoenix stadium, organizers said.
The massive center-hung scoreboard is being built in pieces and will be installed in slightly more than a week.
The stats alone are enough to impress. The GoVision Colossus is made up of 764 LED screens attached to each other in a ring shape. The top ring will measure 80 feet in diameter, or 14 feet less than the length of the court. It features four high-definition video screens measuring 32 feet wide by 18 feet tall and four statistics screens that are 24 feet wide by 18 feet tall.
Because University of Phoenix Stadium has a retractable roof, the 700-ton scoreboard will be suspended by more than 100 tons of cables suspended from the scaffolding of the stadium’s ceiling.
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Scott Norton, director of marketing and public relations at the stadium, offered details about safety and other elements of scoreboard construction.
“The rigging started last week,” said Norton, who added that engineers were commissioned to determine how to spread out the weight across the stadium. “It’s all been designed or engineered and signed off on by inspectors, so there isn’t any danger.”
The scoreboard has been used at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and at two NHL outdoor games, Norton said.
“The last piece of the board arrived this morning,” Norton said. “We’re right on schedule. We’re building the seating as well, and the board goes up later next week.”
Norton said the board will augment the two existing scoreboards at University of Phoenix Stadium and feed into them as well.
“I would say if you can’t see this thing or the other boards, you’re having a tough day,” Norton said jokingly.
“It will definitely be a great HD experience for the fans coming out,” Norton said.
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