Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell announced this week Alabama will be its first headliner at the brand-new Bristol Dragway concert venue.
The Thunder Valley Amphitheater will seat about 20 thousand fans and will be open to other major musical acts in the future.
The Saturday, July 27, show, presented by Ballad Health, will feature Alabama and John Michael Montgomery, during Alabama’s 50th-anniversary tour.
Caldwell said fans have long called for more event options at the track. When you have one of the largest venues in the world across the creek at Bristol Motor Speedway, you’re a bit limited. There are only certain acts that are going to work in there. This opens us up for a lot more,” he said.
Bristol Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Beth Rhinehart said music is a great draw for Bristol. “This is tremendous to have,” she said, “just to get yet another venue here that supports our great legacy in country music.”
Bristol, Tennessee Mayor Margaret Feierabend said the event and the venue itself will offer a great boost to local hotels, shops, and eateries.
What’s more, Ballad Health and Bristol Motor Speedway are teaming up on this effort to the benefit of a local hospital. “Part of the proceeds go to benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which is a win-win all the way around,” said hospital CEO Lisa Carter.
Tickets for the July 27 concert range from $29-$89 and are available now through the BMS & Dragway ticket office.