Dec. 23, 2008
BRISTOL -- Folks wondering what to get those sports fans on their Christmas list now may get them what many always have wanted -- season tickets to Bristol Motor Speedway.
As a result of the recent economic environment, for the first time since Speedway Motorsports purchased the facility in 1996, Bristol Motor Speedway has a limited supply of season tickets to sell.
Several times voted by the fans as NASCAR's most popular track, BMS is home to some of the sport's most memorable moments. Now some fans have the chance to scratch owning season tickets off their sports "to-do" list.
"We don't believe the economy will be facing these times forever and as a result, we don't believe we will have tickets available when business returns to normal," said BMS president and general manager Jeff Byrd. "Just like a ticket to the Masters or Lambeau or Fenway, having tickets to Bristol is on the list of a lot of sports fans. Because of our environment here, we have been fortunate to sell out 53 consecutive races and we believe the Food City 500 in March will be number 54. As a result of that, some people have given up trying to get tickets. But it is no secret many corporations are cutting back in certain areas and we have a large amount of corporate clients who are cutting tickets from their accounts as a means to trim.
"Some race fans are doing the same. We did not for once think we would escape the current economic situation without being affected to some degree. Every single person in the country has been touched by the recent economic situation in one way or another. Some of the people affected the most and hit the hardest are folks who also are race fans. We have an incredibly loyal group of season-ticket holders. We have the best fans in the business. Many people still want to go somewhere on vacation, even in tougher times, especially in tougher times. It may just be for fewer days or something along those lines. We believe what we call the Bristol Experience is second to none and now is the time some fans who haven't been here to take advantage."
For tickets call (423) 989-6900 or log on to www.bristoltix.com.
(Article courtesy of the Bristol Motor Speedway)