More than 35 Doosan Portable Power light towers were a part of history when Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) hosted the largest crowd ever to watch a college football game. The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol set a new NCAA college football attendance record when the University of Tennessee Volunteers took on the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 10.
A sellout crowd of more than 150,000 was expected on game day, and an additional 45,000 spectators were 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.
Safety and security were top priorities for BMS officials, but providing a great fan experience was also a focus for this first-of-its-kind event.
“Our property is ever-evolving as we enhance the guest experience and explore new events at BMS,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “Portable light towers give us a tremendous amount of flexibility to ensure the safety of college football fans and concert-goers alike this weekend.”
Doosan Portable Power light towers were in position during the Friday evening concert and Saturday night game. The utility players provided 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 were requested for the Pilot Flying J 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. Lockable side doors guarantee secured units and extended runtimes between 52 and 130 hours mad 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 required installation of a state-of-the-art playing surface on the track’s infield. Preparations for game day took place in a short amount of time following a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Speedway in late August.