‘Battle of Bristol’ more than Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech football game


Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Bristol Motor Speedway could forever be known as “Pandora’s Place” after Tennessee and Virginia Tech football teams square off at the Speedway in what is being billed as the “Battle of Bristol.”

Bristol track and school officials announced the game will be scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016, and could set an NCAA attendance record at the 52-year-old racetrack. The two schools are hoping the 160,000 seat track will be filled to near-capacity and set the record for the biggest football game ever.

Virginia Tech athletics director Jim Weaver said the idea is something that he started thinking about 17 years ago.

“I remember talking to (former Tennessee athletic director) Doug Dickey about the possibility of a game, and then (former Tennessee AD) Mike Hamilton,” Weaver told The Associated Press.

Both teams are looking to return to their glory days. The game should help both teams in recruiting, exposure and, of course, revenue. Weaver went on to say that the game is “a reality that’s as big as anything that’s happened in the world of football.”

Sorry, Jim, but holding a football game at a race track is just the start. Wal-Mart has announced plans to build a 300,000 square-foot store in the infield of the Texas Motor Speedway, and Donald Trump is planning a luxury resort dubbed “Lucky Dog Casino” inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Topics: Bristol, Football, NASCAR, Tennessee Volunteers, Virginia Tech

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