Sport Administration and Health and Physical Education students had the privilege of touring one of the world’s largest outdoor arenas for sports on September 29. The Bristol Motor Speedway is ranked fourth among sports venues, offering 160,000 stadium seats to its patrons.
Forty-two students, led by Dr. Robert Thrasher, program coordinator for Sports Administration and Ms. Carol Almond, program coordinator for Health and Physical Education, visited the raceway to learn more about venue management. Participants were allowed total access to the facility including the main office building where speedway memorabilia from past to present day races were observed.
The tour proceeded to the track where students observed its texture and construction. A visit to the pit row provided insight into race day action. The media center gave students an idea as to how races are publicized, broadcasted and documented. The finish line closed the tour where students observed its structure and layout. All in all it was a great experience for our students to view and supports their education as many prepare for careers in the sport administration industry. In addition, students made good contacts for future internship placements.