It's official. Virginia Tech and Tennessee will play a game at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 10, 2016.
The official news conference was held Monday morning at the speedway in Bristol. The game is being dubbed the "Battle at Bristol."
The game was originally dreamed up 17 years ago by a former Bristol Motor Speedway president and Bruton Smith. Bruton Smith was not in attendance for the news conference, which featured fireworks, confetti, and mascots.
The game could potentially be the highest-attended college football game in history. Bristol Motor Speedway can hold around 160,000 fans. The all-time NCAA attendance record for college football of 115,109 fans was set last month at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.
"This is as big as anything that's happened in the world of football," Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said.
Dr. Jerry Punch emceed the news conference. The game will be played about two weeks after Bristol's annual night race.
"Next to Lane Stadium, this is my favorite sports venue," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said.
Original story from Oct. 9
WDBJ7 has confirmed that Virginia Tech will play Tennessee at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the 2016 season.
The two had tried for years to make the game happen in conjunction with Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith, but it simply never came together. Now it appears it has.
Officials from the two schools reportedly met a few weeks ago at the track. For the game to happen, the scoring tower in the middle of the infield will be taken down temporarily. The Vols are expected to be the home team and the game to be a part of the SEC TV package.
September 10th is the reported date of the game, which would be two weeks after the fall Cup Series race there.
Other details will be revealed at a Monday press conference. In case you were wondering, this wouldn't be the first football game there. Back in 1961, the Eagles and Redskins played a preseason contest at the track.
The track seats 150 thousand fans for racing and it's unclear what the capacity would be for football.
The two teams last met in the 2009 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. They've met nine times previously but not in the regular season since 1937.Livestream player embed code HTML