Skating and sliding will be the name of the game at Bristol Motor Speedway beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10 as both the Johnson Controls Ice Rink and the HVAC Chill Hill Tube Slide open for the season.
Visitors to BMS now can enjoy two very different, but equally exciting, attractions with the opening of HVAC’s Chill Hill. The 300-foot long snowless slide features two side-by-side lanes and inflated tubes, on which riders will sit to rocket to the bottom of the hill.
Chill Hill is located adjacent to the Johnson Controls Ice Rink. Cost is $7 per person for a 50-minute session. Anyone wishing to take part in the tube slide must be at least 48” tall to ride alone. Children also can ride with someone 16 or older if they are at least 36” tall for an additional $3 cost for the pair.
Tubing sessions start at the top of every hour and are limited to 40 people per session. Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made at the BMS ticket office (423-989-6900). Reservations will be taken until 1 p.m. each day for day-of sessions.
While Chill Hill is the newest addition to Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA, a guest favorite returns, much to the delight of thousands of anxious skaters. The Johnson Controls Ice Rink, the only rink within a 90-minute driving radius of BMS, has become one of the Speedway’s most popular off-track events. In its eighth season, the rink draws more than 30,000 skaters each year.
The covered rink, which is 60’ x 120’, is located just inside the main entrance of Bristol Motor Speedway, off Hwy. 11E. Cost to skate is $5, plus an additional $2 to rent skates.
Both the ice rink and HVAC Chill Hill will be open six days a week through Jan.10. Tuesday through Thursday, the rink will open from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday the rink will be open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The rink and slide hours will be altered during the holidays, beginning on Thanksgiving Day when it will be open from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Other special scheduling hours are as follows: Nov. 27-28 (2 p.m.-11 p.m.), Dec. 21-23 (2 p.m.-10 p.m.) Dec. 24 (4 p.m.-10 p.m.), Dec. 26 (2 p.m.-11 p.m.), Dec. 28-30 (2 p.m.-10 p.m.), Dec. 31 (2 p.m.-11 p.m.), Jan. 1 (2 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Jan. 8 (4 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Proceeds benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit foundation dedicated to distributing funds throughout the region to qualified children’s charities. Funds from the foundation directly aid children in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. To date, Speedway Children’s Charities has raised well in excess of $4.5 million for area agencies.