Posted October 09, 2013

Report: Tennessee, Virginia Tech agree to game at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016

Tennessee Volunteers, Virginia Tech Hokies
Tennessee and Virginia Tech finally reached an agreement to play at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Joel Jones/Icon SMI)

Tennessee and Virginia Tech have reportedly agreed to play at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Joel Jones/Icon SMI)

Tennessee and Virginia Tech have agreed to play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. during the 2016 season, Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reports. An official announcement is expected on Monday.

The matchup, which has been in discussion for many years, would take place at a venue that sits only a two-hour drive from both Knoxville and Blacksburg. Feldman reports that it would be the first regular-season game between the two programs since 1937.

A UT spokesperson would not confirm the news to the Knoxville News Sentinel‘s Evan Woodbery, but Woodbery reports that Bristol Motor Speedway has scheduled a press conference for Monday for a “major announcement.”

There have been rumblings of a potential meeting between the Vols and Hokies at Bristol for some time. In 2005, Speedway Sports owner Bruton Smith offered both schools $20 million to play the game at Bristol, but scheduling conflicts preventing the matchup from taking shape.

Bristol Motor Speedway boasts a capacity of 160,000 fans, which would constitute the largest college football crowd in history. It would shatter the current record of 115,109, set this season during Michigan’s game against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 7.

3 comments
dardoonk
dardoonk

They may need to add seating... Everyone would be so far away, it won't be loud on the field.  The view would stink too, but even though I am not a fan of either team, I'd jump at the chance to be there.

Joel1
Joel1

Tennessee 107,000

V Tech 70,000.

Yeah, they'll have 160,000 show up in Bristol for this monumental matchup.

donald5
donald5

@Joel1 It will be the first game of the year, a game the fans of both teams would put on the top of their list for the year, both fan-bases are eternally optimistic for some strange reason, and it is the first game of its kind.  If you are a fan of one of these teams and can only go to one game all year, they will pick this one.  It is also a short distance from a large majority of both fanbases.  They should have no problem filling it.