Bristol Motor Speedway Scoreboard/Video Screen
Bristol, TN United States | 2004
Charlotte Motor Speedway was built in 1959 and held the first World 600 NASCAR race in 1960. The speedway adopted hot-dip galvanizing during expansion of the facility in the mid 1970's and has continued to specify it as their coating of choice for all steel fabrication. Grandstands, safer-wall, handrails, catch-fences and supports as well as all new additions have been galvanized due to the exceptional maintenance-free performance of the coating.
One news reporter wrote, "When you pay good money to go to a race track, you want to marvel at something. This sucker is marvelous."
So, it came as no surprise when the architect chose galvanizing for the new high-definition video board, designed by Panasonic, set to debut in May 2011. The video board is supported by a 500,000-pound steel frame of six, 30-foot tall steel columns set on concrete footings. When finished, the 200-foot wide, 80-foot tall screen powered by nine million LED lamps will rise 110 feet above the backstretch between turns 2 and 3 across from the start/finish line.
Hot-dip galvanizing the trusses required progressive dipping to completely coat them. The steel was delivered to the site ready to erect "off the truck" due to the limited lay-down area at the site. Hot-dip galvanizing ensured the structure blended in seamlessly with the visual aesthetic at the speedway and that no maintenance dollars would be spent on fighting corrosion.
The final structure weighs 332 tons, is designed to withstand 110 MPG wind gusts, is 30% larger than the video boards at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, and the video board provides an exceptionally clear picture, even in bright sunlight.
Recreation & Entertainment
Concord, NC United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Ease of Specifying, Initial Cost, Life-Cycle Cost, Prior HDG Experience, Quality of HDG, Turnaround Time
Vertical trusses, catwalks, catwalk grating, ladders and handrail and diagonal bracing material.
Whitley Steel Company, Inc.
Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Eastern Sign Tech
Structural Technology Consultants
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Galvan Industries, Inc.
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