Bristol Motor Speedway is a motorsport park situated in South Bristol. Construction on the track began in 1934 and it originally had a capacity of 120,000 persons. The track holds the world record for the longest night of motorsport, having hosted a 24-hour motorcycle race in 1975. Today, the track still holds occasional motorcycle events as well as hosting various national championships across different motorsport disciplines. It also hosts the Bank of America 500, an annual NASCAR race that takes place in late February.
What Is The Track Licensing Policy?
Bristol Motor Speedway is a private facility and as such, it has its own in-house licensing department that oversees all track activities. Licenses are required for anyone wanting to hold an event at the track – whether that be an auto race or motorcycle event – as well as all contractors and personnel involved in the planning and execution of these events. A non-exclusive license is free, but can only be used for a maximum of four events per year. Should an application be approved, additional licenses are then issued for an additional four events at cost.
What Is The Alcohol Policy?
Bristol Motor Speedway has its own in-house alcohol licensing department that enforces a strict alcohol policy at all events. The policy states that alcohol cannot be served at any event at the track, nor can anyone under the age of 21 consume alcohol within 12 feet of the racing surface. Moreover, in the event of a serious accident that results in serious bodily injury or death, the team owners, drivers, or sponsors could be prosecuted for serving or providing alcohol to a minor at a track event. These are just some of the restrictions that will be placed on anyone found in violation of the alcohol policy. Penalties include confiscation of vehicle, expulsion from the park, and prosecution.
What Is The Security Policy?
Bristol Motor Speedway has a stringent security policy regarding weapons and controlled substances. Anyone wanting to enter the stadium with a firearm or illegal drug must have a permit, undergo a background check, and pay a $100 permit fee. These measures keep weapons and drugs off the track, and out of the hands of those who might misuse them. Penalties include a $1,000 fine and exclusion from the track for a year. Should a firearm be discharged, an additional year of banishment will be the sentence. Should a drug be found in a vehicle, the driver or owner of the vehicle could be banned for life from the track.
Who Can Enter The Track?
Bristol Motor Speedway is a private facility and as such, it has its own entrance procedures that anyone must follow to enter. All motorists must display a valid photo ID before being admitted into the grounds of the track. The identification must match the person to whom the ticket has been issued. Children under the age of 2 are not permitted to enter the track with their parents, as security personnel will not allow them to exit the site once inside. Should an adult try to leave with a child under the age of 2 aboard his or her motorcycle, it will be considered kidnapping and the perpetrator will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Can I Bring My Own Liquor And Alcohol?
Yes, outside of certain restrictions, you can bring your own liquor and alcohol to track events. You also need to make sure that you are of legal drinking age (21 or older) before you do so. Certain drinks, such as hard cider, can be purchased at the track for those who are of legal drinking age, but you can only bring certain bottles of liquor and some mixers to be filled at a licensed alcohol retail outlet within the Bristol city limits. Other alcoholic beverages, such as wine and hard liquor, cannot be transported into the city limits of Bristol due to a conflict with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regulations.
Can I Bring My Own Food And Drinks?
Yes, outside of certain restrictions, you can bring your own food and drinks to track events. You also need to make sure that you are of legal drinking age (21 or older) before you do so. Certain drinks, such as hard cider, can be purchased at the track for those who are of legal drinking age, but you can only bring certain bottles of liquor and some mixers to be filled at a licensed alcohol retail outlet within the Bristol city limits. Other alcoholic beverages, such as wine and hard liquor, cannot be transported into the city limits of Bristol due to a conflict with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regulations.
What Are The Bikes Allowed?
Bristol Motor Speedway has a variety of bikes that are allowed on the track, as long as they comply with the following: (1) they must be capable of sustaining speeds of at least 100 mph; (2) they must be at least five years old; (3) they must be registered for the relevant motorcycle license; and (4) they must be accompanied by an appropriately licensed motorcyclist. These requirements are in place to protect the track’s visitors and keep bikes out of the hands of children and beginners. Bikes are also inspected regularly by track officials to make sure they are in good condition.
Do You Have To Stay In The Paddock?
No, you do not have to stay in the paddock. You can stay in a standard hotel room that is located near the track or you can stay at one of the many RV parks located around the track. The Bristol Airport offers direct flights from major cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, as well as direct access to I-95, which connects the city with the rest of the Southeast United States.
What Amenities Does The Track Offer?
Bristol Motor Speedway has a variety of amenities for its visitors. The track’s website lists the following amenities: (1) a water tower that provides fans with cold, hydrated beverages and (2) picnic tables that are located in multiple spots around the track. The picnic tables are great for families as they can bring their grills and have barbeques while watching the racing. (3) RV and tent sites with full hookups for those who are traveling by motorhome or (4) hotel rooms for those who are staying at the track. The site also lists the following track policies: (1) no cameras are allowed inside the track; (2) no alcoholic beverages are served at any track event, including the NASCAR races; and (3) pets are not allowed anywhere on the grounds, including the racetrack.
How Is Transportation To And From The Track Arranged?
Bristol Motor Speedway is accessible by car, truck, or motorcycle. The track is located in South Bristol, easily accessible from I-95. From I-95, take the Bristol Tunnel Road exit and continue on Old Waterfront Road toward the city center. From the center, you’ll have access to the park through Exit 8B. The address for the track is 69 East Shore Drive, Unit 8B, Bristol, PA 15307. Phone: (717) 272-2781. Web: www.brlsa.com/en/home.
What Kinds Of Drinks Do You Serve At The Track?
Bristol Motor Speedway has a variety of drinks that it serves at its events, including the following: (1) soft drinks, (2) cider, (3) beer, (4) mixed drinks, and (5) champagne.
With regard to the soft drinks and cider, you’ll find several varieties available for purchase at the track. These can be dangerous if consumed in excess. However, they are perfectly safe when consumed in moderation. Soft drinks and cider are also ideal for those who are driving as they don’t pose any threat to a driver’s health. The beer served at Bristol Motor Speedway is usually light beer as it isn’t very filling, but some bottles of premium beer can be found at the bar.
With regard to the mixed drinks and champagne, these are ideal for the drivers as they help them stay alert and awake during the race. While not necessarily dangerous, drinking heavily could cause serious problems for the driver or anyone around them. However, these drinks don’t pose any harm to the average person and can be enjoyed by all visitors to the track.
Can I Take My Laptop To The Track?
Yes, you can take your laptop to the track. However, the following must be considered: (1) it must be powered down and (2) it must be protected from sudden jolts or drops in voltage. The track is not responsible for any malfunctions that your laptop might suffer because of these factors. Moreover, all laptops must be cleared by security before entering the track so that they do not operate as a potential danger to other visitors.