NASCAR and college football are equally huge in the South, but both worlds will converge in 2016 when the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech are scheduled to play in the infield of the Bristol Motor Speedway. According to ESPN, the game will likely be played on September 10, 2016, and it could draw as many as 160,000 fans to the game – the current record for attendance at a college football game is 115,109, the attendance figure from this season's match-up between the University of Michigan and Notre Dame played at Michigan Stadium.

As shown in the image above, the short-track layout of Bristol is already pretty close to ideal for a crowd to watch a football game. Better yet, the track is almost exactly the halfway point between Knoxville, TN and Blacksburg, VA (110 miles northeast of UT and 125 miles southwest of Va. Tech), which would make it easy for fans of both schools to attend. There have been no official announcements from NASCAR, the NCAA or either school about this game, but it says a "major announcement" is planned for Monday October 14. For more about the game, scroll down to watch an ESPN video clip.


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      Tone
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m not shocked Tennessee would be a participant in this. They\'ve been obssessed with attendance numbers for over a decade, and have been going after the Big House for quite a while now. I guess they figured, if we can\'t build seats on top of seats in our own stadium, we\'ll get the record in a venue that\'s actually capable. I think they should just focus on getting their program back on track...not having their name attached to an attendance record.
        eloist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tone
        Dude, we REMOVED 5,000 seats just a few years ago to build more luxury boxes for boosters. We could care less what Michigan is doing. We are focused on trying to start winning games again. haha
          montegod7ss
          • 1 Year Ago
          @eloist
          Not to mention no standing room seats anymore. I sit 17 rows up on the South endzone, and honestly can't tell the difference in 102k and 109k. Either way it's LOUD, and Rocky Top echos through the hills.
      dphillips.wells1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares?.....
      taeles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be really cool if some form of nascar took place while the football game was going on.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      ahhh a speedway where gas is wasted immensely
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
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      xnitrorider62x
      • 1 Year Ago
      NASCAR and college football are equally huge in the South. Most untrue comment ever. NASCAR is watched by rednecks and CFB is watched by everyone. No way close to equally huge.
        moderate fringe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xnitrorider62x
        I'm from Mississippi and watch neither.
        StephenT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xnitrorider62x
        I'm from Alabama and watch neither. But I will be up at midnight tonight watching F1 qualifying from Japan.
          imoore
          • 1 Year Ago
          @StephenT
          You mean you don't favor either The Tide or Auburn? You're lying.
          StephenT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @StephenT
          No I favor the Tide. I just don't watch their games.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the greatest college football rivalry that never was. VT and TN haven't played a regular season game since before WWII (despite the relative proximity and similarly rabid fanbases). VT thrashed in the Vols in the 2009 peach bowl, avenging a 1994 Gator Bowl beatdown, but no other matchups in the modern era. Anyone outside of this region of the south won't understand, but this game will be a HUGE spectacle. NASCAR and football are heavily ingrained in the culture of both Virginia and Tennessee.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        not fo nothing but how can the rivalry be that big if 90% of people alive have never seen them play each other??
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Read my post again. "This is the greatest college football rivalry that never was". This could/would/should have been a huge rivalry, but the teams never scheduled each other.
          FutureDoc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Go to a sports shop or even a "Walmart" in the area and you have two choices... UT or VT. The football teams rarely meet but the alums/fanbases are next-door neighbors.
        Ann
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        I'm outside the region, Matt, but I get it! Sounds like a great time!
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      That bad boy is already sold out! This could only happen in SEC country.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @d.hollywood
        Tennessee is 3-3 and you're still going to crow that BS? How bad does a team have to be for it to no longer be a source of pride to the SEC?
          JayP
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Yea- you're not from around there, are you? It is definitely a regional thing.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      amazing to see that one motorsport event can attract so many fans. here in japan inviting to such event is like the worst way to attract women.
      straferhoo
      • 1 Year Ago
      NFL game was played there back in the 60's.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Virginia Tech and Tennessee? Are you kidding? Do they really expect to sell out that place? I'm sorry, but this matchup doesn't sound much like a hot ticket to me. They should have played at Neyland Stadium instead. Figures ESPN is behind this. Since they won't be carrying NASCAR races for a while, they need an excuse to broadcast from a stock car site, and what better way to do it than schedule a match against the SEC and ACC's least exciting teams.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imoore
        "and what better way to do it than schedule a match against the SEC and ACC's least exciting teams." This is not Duke and Mississippi State.
        montegod7ss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imoore
        As a person who lives 15mins away from and works in the shadow of Neyland Stadium, and has four season tickets, I don't think having another big venue is a bad thing. Neyland has had over 109k in it before, and last week was CRAZY with the Georgia game. Playing Tech will be a big game, and with Bristol being able to hold 160,000 I'm sure there will be a lot of people there. Will I be there? You can bet the bank on it! GBO!
        FutureDoc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imoore
        They will likely be a few seat short... Neyland+Lane is about 170K and Bristol is dead-center in the fan-base region.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imoore
        VT brought about 90,000 fans to FedEx field in 2004 against Southern Cal, and obviously Tenn has a huge and rabid fanbase. Add in Bristol locals/NASCAR fans who just want to take part in the spectacle, and this will be a hot ticket.
        Ann
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imoore
        That's exactly what my husband said when I told him about this. We'd rather see Ohio State and Michigan! Go Bucks!
      FutureDoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a Clemson Alum and I would try and grab tickets to that game (depending who Clemson is playing). Would probably pull for UT because I was committed there until Clemson offered me more money... and most of my cousins went to VT.
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