Posted October 10, 2013

Report: Virginia Tech to play Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016

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Bristol Motor Speedway reportedly will host a Virginia Tech-Tennessee football game. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Bristol Motor Speedway reportedly will host a Virginia Tech-Tennessee football game. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium holds 102,455 for football, but the Vols are scheduling a future home game in an unusual venue that will dwarf those crowds.

Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reported that Virginia Tech will play Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016, with possibly 150,000 to 160,000 spectators in attendance.

Feldman reports the first regular-season game between the two programs since 1937 is expected to be announced on Monday.

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The idea of playing a college football game in the infield of a race track is not new. Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth proposed hosting the Texas-Oklahoma annual classic in 2002, but the teams did not agree to move the game from the Cotton Bowl.

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6 comments
flanaryhokie91
flanaryhokie91

cuthbert, apparently you don't know the Tri-Cities area very well.  As a Virginia Tech graduate and a lifelong resident of the Tri-Cities, I would bet my house that the game will sell out very quickly.

cuthbert
cuthbert

That would be hell to try to see anything on,with the large amount of space between the grandstands and the field. And, with the teams involved, They will be lucky to sell 2/3 of the tickets. Put two real teams in there. 

Keats1821
Keats1821

You' eh apparently never been to Bristol. It is a very small track with little distance between the infield and the grandstands. It's not much different than watching at a stadium.

rwidger
rwidger

@Keats1821  Bristol has 200+ yds between the grandstands.  Field is 53 yards wide, so that will leave about 73 yards from seats to sideline.  In Va Tech's home stadium, the seats are 12 yards from the sideline.  That's a pretty substantial difference.