On September 10, 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway will transform its iconic short track into a world-class football stadium for the inaugural Battle at Bristol, College Football’s Biggest EVER, featuring a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers. The big showdown is expected to shatter all college football attendance records by hosting 160,000 fans!
Depending on exactly where you stand in the twin city of Bristol, you might be in Tennessee or Virginia. About 110 miles to the West is Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. About 125 miles to the East is Blacksburg and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech.
The Volunteers initially started playing football in 1891. The Hokies took to the gridiron just one year later. However, despite their pigskin history and shared border, the schools have only played each other eight times — first in 1896, last in 2009 at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Vols lead the all-time series 5-3.
However, the ninth installment could be what transforms Tennessee-Virginia Tech into a legitimate rivalry. Bristol Motor Speedway, a half-mile racetrack and the self-proclaimed “last great colosseum” on the NASCAR circuit, will transform into a monster football stadium. With a capacity of about 150,000 and even more auxiliary seating in the works, the crowd is expected to be in the neighborhood of 160,000 for the game.
And I am very proud to announce that after months of applying for credentials and going through many lengthy secure processes that Southeast Michigan Sports (SEMS) has been selected as one of the media outlets to cover the game with full press and photo credentials!
There are many student-athletes representing both teams from the state of Michigan and nearby Ohio and also many coaches including Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones. This is a great opportunity for SEMS.
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