So you’re thinking about attending the highly-anticipated UFC 249 — Brunei vs. Australia, the last-ever UFC headlining fight between these two countries (yes, the ones that both love to bash each other in the media). You want to make sure you’re prepared for what potentially could be one of the most historic fights in UFC history. But what happens when the night of the fight and you’re still not sure where to go? How many loads of dirt do you need to bring? Are there any rules about what you can and cannot bring? Does it even matter what you bring?
We spoke to Simon Madden, the Manager of Motorsport at Bristol Motor Speedway to find out the answers to these questions and more. With the help of his colleagues, they were kind enough to give us some insight into what we can expect on Saturday, June 14th.
Is There Any Restrictions On What You Can Bring?
There are no restrictions on what you can bring to the race track, as far as we know. As long as you’ve got your ID card and you’re not carrying anything that will damage the track or the other drivers, you should be okay. Even though Bristol is a banked track, this doesn’t mean that you have to bring tons of dirt. According to our information, the max weight you can bring to the track is 75 kg (165 lbs). That’s the same as the weight limit for bikes in the open section. Bringing a change of shoes could also be helpful, as the track is very slippery when wet.
How Many Loads Of Dirt Do You Need To Bring?
It depends on how long you’re going to be there. If you want to go from point A to point B without having to stop and pick up more dirt along the way, you’ll need two or three loads. Once you get to the weigh-in area, they’ll hand you a towel and you can start unloading. We’d estimate that it will take you around three and a half to four hours to complete the process — which is around the same amount of time it takes to stage a single UFC fight. There’s no telling how many times you’ll have to go back and forth to the car park, as it’s quite a process to load and unload your car. So if you can, bring a pair of gloves and a whistle. It’s always good to have a good laugh with the help — especially when they’re doing something that makes your back pain go away.
How Is The Dirt Handed Out?
If you’ve never been there or done it before, you might not know what happens next. Once you reach the weigh-in area (which is near the start/finish line), you’ll be given a paper towel and a bucket to fill with dirt. You’ll start by throwing off a little ball of dirt, which will make a beeline for the stands behind you. People there will start hitting the dirt with their fists to make a massive pile. Once the dirt is laid to your satisfaction, you’ll be awarded with a small bucket or container filled with dirt. You’ll pass this on to your helpers, who will use the dirt to create a football-like shape on the track at the end of each lap. When you reach the car park, you’ll have to leave the dirt in place — so if you’re driving a station wagon, you might want to think about bringing a tailgate-style hitch to move it later on.
What Happens If You Miss The Weigh-In?
As stated above, you’ll start by getting a bucket and filling it with dirt. Once the weigh-in is over, you’ll have to start backing up and forth to the car park, as it’s quite a process to load and unload your vehicle. If you miss the weigh-in, you’ll have to start all over again, from the first load. This can be quite time-consuming, as there’s quite a lot of dirt to be moved in order to make a small difference. It usually takes our volunteers about 20 minutes to 1 hour to stage the fight because of this issue. If you want to speed it up, you could try weighing in early in the morning — before the afternoon heats, so there’s less waiting around. However, this is not a recommended practice, as you might miss your chance to participate in the event if you’re too early in the morning.
Are There Any Special Stances Or Etiquette To Observe?
Yes, there are. For starters, you’re not supposed to walk on the track. There are various reasons for this, but the general consensus is that the track is considered ground zero during the race. You don’t want to ruin the magical moment by walking on the track or in the stands. You also have to give the finger to the winner, as per the UFC rules. However, you’re not supposed to do this in front of the judges or officials. Instead, you’ll have to wait until they’re out of sight before giving it a salute. You might also want to take a walk around the track to get your bearings. This is something new for you, so it might take some getting used to. Once you’ve done this a few times, you’ll be able to navigate the track without getting too disoriented.
As for the trash talkin’ at the weigh-in, you’re not supposed to talk smack about the fighters in front of the officials. Doing so will get you disqualified. Also, you can’t ask for a time-out to talk to a friend. This is another no-no. If you want to take a break and chat with someone, you’ll have to do it outside the scale area. The same goes for a bathroom break. You’re not supposed to use the bathroom while weighing in — even though it’s an off-chance that you might not make it in time for the next round. This is all in the name of fair play. As long as you follow the rules and don’t cause any trouble, you should have no issues.
What Other Events Are Scheduled At Bristol Motor Speedway?
There are actually several other events that take place at Bristol Motor Speedway throughout the year. This is a multi-day racing venue, so it doesn’t just focus on one sport. The track regularly holds motorcycle and car races as well as some other types of motorsport events. If you’re interested, you can check out the website for the track to see what else is on offer.
When Is The Next UFC Race At Bristol Motor Speedway?
The next UFC fight will be held at the track on July 12th, 2021. So if you want to be sure to catch all of the action, you’ll have to start making arrangements to attend soon. The last UFC fight at the track was in early 2021, so if you’re wondering, this will be the last-ever UFC appearance at the Bristol Motor Speedway. So long, Melbourne!”