Bristol, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a
football game at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The "Battle at Bristol" was formally announced during a Monday news
conference. The game will be played on Sept. 10, 2016.
"There has always been a desire by fans to see a football game at our historic
Speedway," said Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. "We
couldn't be more excited to turn this long-time rumor into a reality and to
provide sports fans with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
be a part of the biggest college football game ever."
The track sits about halfway between the campuses of the two schools, off
Interstate 81 in northeast Tennessee.
With an estimated seating capacity of 150,000, the game is on track to crush
prior college football attendance records. The NCAA-recognized attendance
record for a college football game is 115,109, which happened last month in a
game between Michigan and Notre Dame in Ann Arbor.
In its inaugural year (1961), the track played host to a preseason game
between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
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