More than 30 Doosan Portable Power light towers will be part of history in the making when the Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) hosts the largest crowd ever to watch a college football game. The September 10 match-up between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies, coined the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, is expected to set a new NCAA college football attendance record.
A sellout crowd of 150,000 is expected at Bristol Motor Speedway on game day, and an additional 45,000 spectators are anticipated for the Honda Ridgeline Presents Bristol’s Tailgate Party starring Kenny Chesney with special guests The Band Perry and Old Dominion on Friday night, September 9, 2016.
Doosan Portable Power light towers will be in position during the Friday evening concert and Saturday night game to ensure the safety and security of football fans and concert-goers alike. The utility players will provide necessary lighting for parking lots, campgrounds, sidewalks, entrances and exits, as well as areas of heavy traffic.
On typical race days, Doosan Portable Power supplies light towers as part of a “traveling team” that shuttles between Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Additional Doosan light towers have been requested for the Battle at Bristol weekend to accommodate the expanded crowd capacity in areas where installing permanent lighting isn’t possible.
Flexibility isn’t the only key mark on the light tower stat sheet. The secured units and extended runtimes between 52 and 130 hours make it possible for the light towers to operate continuously during the two-day event, allowing BMS officials to focus on game day instead of on monitoring and refueling light towers.
Transitioning the World’s Fastest Half-Mile to a football field will require installation of a state-of-the-art playing surface on the track’s infield. Preparations for game day began immediately following a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the speedway on August 20.
The September 10 game between border rivals Tennessee and Virginia Tech is the first of its kind to be played at Bristol Motor Speedway and will air on ABC's "Saturday Night Football" starting at 8 p.m. EST.