About The Tent

As Magical As Our Show

The two new, climate-controlled Big Tops, royal blue in the Fall and Winter, and white in the Spring and Summer, with glowing golden stars spiraling over the roof and sides, are made by Canobbio S.p.a. in Castelnuovo Scrivia, Italy. The tent masts and cupola were manufactured in Rio Saliceto, Italy.

The tent has been equipped with a custom-built seating-system, delivered in 2006, that can accommodate more than 1,700 people. Each individually molded plastic seat is 18 inches wide and ringside and box seats are comfortably cushioned. Made by Italian designers Carlo Anceschi & Sons, the system presents the culmination of a half-century of innovation and development in touring circus seating, specially designed for quick assembly and disassembly.

Four masts that are raised with electric motors support the tent. Depending on the number of motors per mast (it can have one or two), a mast can weigh between 2,300 and 2,600 pounds. The dodecagonal cupola frame folds for transportation in a unique way invented by Anceschi & Sons. It hangs from the masts, and weighs approximately two to three tons.

Each Big Top is made of four sections of opaque multi-layered PVC, laced together and connected to the nearly-round cupola frame, plus one cupola cover. An innovative "hat" on the cupola can be raised to allow heated air to escape on warm days.

Big Top Quick Facts

Height: 46 feet on the inside (to the cupola), 63 feet (to the top of the tent)
Diameter: 140 feet
Sidewall: made of 12 sections, totaling 440 feet in circumference and measuring 16 feet high
Cupola frame: 50 feet across
Masts: 50 feet long
Side poles: 98 side poles measuring 16 feet high support the periphery of the tent
Stakes: Masts and tent are tied to a total of 194 stakes