Plans are revealed for game at Bristol Motor Speedway
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will finally play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 and expect to set a football attendance record. The racetrack will have a seating capacity of at least 150,000 for the game.
The Associated Press
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Tennessee and Virginia Tech will finally play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway and expect to set a football attendance record in what is being billed as the “Battle at Bristol.”
Officials from both universities and the racetrack formally announced plans Monday amid confetti and fireworks during a festive news conference at the 52-year-old racetrack that is best known as a NASCAR venue. The game is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016.
“I full well believe we’ll play in front of the largest crowd to ever watch or have watched a football game — that’s college and pro,” Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said.
Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Motor Speedway general manager and executive vice president, said seating capacity for the game will exceed 150,000. The track is about halfway between the campuses of the two schools, off Interstate 81.
Bristol’s location made this event a rumored possibility since the 1990s.
The NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football of 115,109 was set last month at Michigan Stadium for Michigan-Notre Dame.
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