The Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies have both had a fall from grace. The 1998 national champions and the 1999 national championship game are trying to get their names back on the map as elite programs.
Obviously, part of that is a coaching change in the case of Tennessee (they fired head coach Derek Dooley and hired Butch Jones away from the Cincinnati Bearcats) and an increased focus on recruiting for both programs.
Another way these two programs will try to gain more attention? By breaking the college football attendance record, of course!
Currently the Michigan Wolverines’ Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor holds the record. The Wolverines got 115,109 fans into the Big House to see the Wolverines defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish earlier this season, breaking a record the same stadium featuring the same two teams broke in 2011.
The Volunteers and Hokies have agreed to meet in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway, which could hold up to 160,000 fans.
Just where the field will be placed in the giant racing facility is unknown. The speedway, which is located in Bristol, Tennessee should provide a solid neutral site for both teams.
Usually, neutral site games featuring the SEC and ACC are played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
This also could open up the possibility of neutral site games being held in other racing facilities, such as the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.