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'Battle at Bristol': Tennessee-Virginia Tech to play at speedway Sept. 10, 2016

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    The 52-year-old racetrack sits nearly halfway between the campuses of the two schools, off Interstate 81 in Tennessee. The speedway can hold around 160,000, and organizers are hoping to break the NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football of 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for Michigan-Notre Dame.

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    FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012, file photo, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race is run at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Bristol Motor Speedway is set to unveil its plan to host a football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in 2016. The announcement is planned for later Monday morning, Oct. 14, 2013, at the 52-year-old racetrack that sits nearly halfway between the campuses of the two schools, off Interstate 81 in Tennessee. The speedway can hold around 160,000, and organizers are hoping to break the NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football of 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for Michigan-Notre Dame. (AP Photo/CIA Bristol Motor Speedway, Andrew Coppley, Pool, File)

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The 52-year-old racetrack sits nearly halfway between the campuses of the two schools, off Interstate 81 in Tennessee. The speedway can hold around 160,000, and organizers are hoping to break the NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football of 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for Michigan-Notre Dame.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Plans have been announced for Tennessee and Virginia Tech to play their 2016 game at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Track and officials from both universities formally announced the plans Monday for the “Battle of Bristol” during a news conference. The game scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016 will be a national showcase for both programs that could set an NCAA single-game attendance record at the 52-year-old racetrack.

Virginia Tech athletic director says the game is “a reality that’s as big as anything that’s happened in the world of football.”

Bristol’s speedway can hold around 160,000 fans. The speedway sits nearly halfway between the campuses of the two schools, off Interstate 81 in Tennessee. 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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