Sochi's Bolshoy Ice Dome lights up with the score of the hockey game

Thursday February 13th, 2014

The roof of the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the main home of Sochi’s Olympic ice hockey tournament, fully lights up at night, using a handmade aluminum-paneled dome that drapes over the side of the building and is studded with 38,000 LED lights.

But what's even cooler than that? The score -- with each country’s flags to help viewers know who's playing -- displays on the entirety of the outside of the arena every time a country sends the puck into the net inside the 12,000-seat venue.

When the lights aren't on, the silver-gray roof appears a touch bland. But at night, those lights sure attempt to make up the difference.

Here's a tweet of the Bolshoy Ice Dome's roof displaying the score.

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb. 

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