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Ice Rink, Chill Hill slip, slide into Bristol Motor Speedway

November 12th, 2011 8:19 pm by staff report

Two of the region’s most popular holiday happenings, the Johnson Controls Ice Rink and HVAC Chill Hill, will come slip, slidin’ back into Bristol Motor Speedway on Nov. 17.


As BMS transforms into a winter wonderland with the start of AutoTrader.com Speedway In Lights powered by TVA on Nov. 18, its companion events continue to be favorites with young and old alike.


The Johnson Controls Ice Rink is the only rink within a 90-minute driving radius of BMS, making it one of the Speedway’s most popular non-motorsports-related events. In its 10th season, the rink has become a winter ritual for many, with thousands of skaters taking to the ice each year.


The enclosed rink is located just inside the main entrance of Bristol Motor Speedway, off Highway 11E (Volunteer Parkway).


Cost to skate is $5, plus an additional $2 to rent skates.


The HVAC Chill Hill, located adjacent to the Johnson Controls Ice Rink, is a 300-foot long snowless slide that features side-by-side lanes and inflated tubes on which riders sit as they rocket to the bottom of the slope, just outside Turn 1 of BMS.


Cost is $7 per person for a 50-minute session. Anyone wishing to take part in the tube slide must be at least 48 inches tall to ride alone. Children can ride with someone 16 or older if they are at least 36 inches tall for an additional $3 cost for the pair.


Both the ice rink and Chill Hill will be open through Jan.15. For a complete listing of operating hours, visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.


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 $6 million for area agencies.

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