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.