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Tennessee, Virginia Tech make Bristol game official

Tennessee - Virginia Tech at Bristol

Officials from Tennessee and Virginia Tech signed the legal documents Monday, and it’s now set in stone: There will be a college football game played at a racetrack in 2016.

The “Battle at Bristol” — which already has its own Twitter feed — will be played on Sept. 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway, which sits about two hours from both Knoxville and Blacksburg. The stadium is expected to have a capacity of 150,000 for the game, per a press release announcing the contest.

Of course, because it’s a racetrack, the sightlines aren’t exactly designed for football:

50-yard line view
(Via @Vol_Football)

The schools are billing the game as “college football’s biggest ever,” and if the stadium is filled to capacity it would dwarf the modern attendance record of 115,109 set in September for Michigan-Notre Dame in Ann Arbor.

A college football game at Bristol Motor Speedway has been rumored for years, and it may not be the last one of its kind. Back in July, a report surfaced that the iconic Daytona Motor Speedway could host non-racing sporting events at the track, with a Florida-Florida State game specifically mentioned.

But for now, there’s just the Bristol game, which has its own hype video:

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7 Responses to “Tennessee, Virginia Tech make Bristol game official”
  1. dg0122 says: Oct 14, 2013 2:15 PM

    you might be a redneck if…

    youre excited about a football game at a racetrack

  2. thefiesty1 says: Oct 14, 2013 2:33 PM

    Just watch out for the pole on the 45 yard line

  3. urfinished says: Oct 14, 2013 3:15 PM

    Will the players even be able to hear the crowd? It’s gonna be like 50 yards from the field to the first row.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Oct 14, 2013 9:30 PM

    End zone seats better be dirt cheap lol.

  5. mcjon22 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:39 PM

    There is no way in hell Florida State vs Florida will ever be played outside of Doak Cambell Stadium or The Swamp.

    That’s just stupid talk

  6. baseballbarrister says: Oct 14, 2013 9:53 PM

    I don’t really follow nascar, nor am I a fan of either team, but I’m really excited about this. It’s going to be an amazing spectacle, and might be worth the trip.

    On a more important note, this is great economic news for a part of country that is too often overlooked.

  7. charger383 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:14 PM

    this will be a good game and place to play

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