photos: Sky beams Burnham speedway event to millions
of TV viewers got a chance to watch live speedway racing from
Burnham's Oak Tree Arena on Monday evening (August 9th) - and
Burnham-On-Sea.com was there to take a peak behind the scenes.
League match between the Somerset
and Glasgow Tigers was
broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 and was just the second event to
be televised from the track.
huge crowd turned out to watch the contest, which comes during
the Oak Tree's tenth anniversary. The spectators were treated
to an exciting night of action which ended with Glasgow clinching
a 45-45 draw in the final race.
roving presenter Charlie Webster interviewed the riders at trackside,
as pictured above, while presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson
commentated on the action perched in a gantry overlooking the
track. Miles of cables and a field full of satellite trucks were
located around the track.
Tree Arena promoter Debbie Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
was a great evening - the crowd was huge. The presence of the
Sky cameras just added to the excitement and hopefully the TV
coverage will have helped to further raise the profile of our
Sports presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson commentated on
the action perched in a gantry
A huge crowd circled the track to watch the close contest between
Glasgow and Somerset
The Rebels and Tigers - plus a young mascot - were paraded around
the track before the event began
Striding out of the pits and onto the track... the Rebels were
ready to do battle
A huge mobile camera on a crane filmed Sky's outdoor studio
presenter interviewing Glasgow speedway star Joe Screen
Sports had over 15 cameras at the arena recording interviews and
action from every angle