The Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies have agreed to play a football game in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway, according to multiple reports this morning. The game, where 160,000 fans could be in attendance, would be a dream come true for football fans in southwest Virginia and east Tennessee.
The speedway, which seats more than 150,000, is located 125 highway miles southwest of Blacksburg, Va., and 111 highway miles northeast of Knoxville, Tenn. – ideally situated between the two schools’ campuses. In fact, the city housing the facility is split by the Tennessee-Virginia state line.
The Bristol Motor Speedway Commission announced plans for a news conference Monday for what it called a major announcement but gave no details.
The game would easily shatter the current attendance record for an NCAA football game.
This won’t be the first football game at Bristol. Back in 1961, when the grandstands didn’t hold nearly the amount of fans they do today, it hosted a preseason NFL game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Efforts to bring these two teams together at the track are also nothing new. In 2005, track owner Bruton Smith offered Virginia Tech and Tennessee $20 million apiece to play at the track.
Perhaps, Smith’s – and college football fans’ – dreams are about to become a reality.