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Battle at Bristol, NCAA Style

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by heyabbott, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/bristol-speedway-to-unveil-plan-for-vols-vs-hokies-football-game-in-september-2016/2013/10/14/98eb7f2e-34c8-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html

    Va Tech will play Tennessee on the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway, which will seat upwards of 150,000 for the game in September 2016. Other sources indicate that each team will make $4.0-4.3 million for the game.

    Bristol Tennessee lies roughly halfway between each campus and is at or near the border of Eastern Tennesse and Western Virginia.

    They could hold a football game and a NASCAR race at the same time, but they won't.
     
  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I'll be there as long as I don't have to take out a small loan to do so.
     
  3. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Part of the contract between the teams calls for 10s of thousands of tickets to be $40 or less
     
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  4. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Are those the seats that are two miles from the field?
     
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  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    5,000 from each team's share of tickets, I believe.
     
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  6. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    It will be fun, and the only real reason to go is to just say you were there. The players are going to appear about an inch tall (if that).
    Bruton Smith has been trying to get the two teams to play there since the late 90s. I don't know if it was the brain child of the late Jeff Byrd, but he was all for it.
    This won't be the first football game played at the track, although the first in its current form. Bristol hosted the Eagles and Redskins (ooops, Washington NFL franchise) back in the '60s.
     
  7. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    The Eagles games was preseason I think, but still a game.
    Bristol Tennessee makes more sense than Bristol England, or London for that matter.
     
  8. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Yes, the ones that are so high up you need a telescope to see anything.
     
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  9. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    How did it draw?
     
  10. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Beats me. It was 10 years before I was born. Obviously it wasn't 150K because the track seated about 30K at the time.
     
  11. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Ok, fine. It's a novelty thing, sort of like the NHL game at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I doubt it will become a routine event, but that's the point.
     
  12. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I thought there was talk that after some work in the mid-00s with the new victory lane building (or whatever it's called) that the idea of this was SOL.

    And Bristol was set up much differently back in the days of that Eagles-Skins game. Even into the late '80s, the infield was dirt/grass, and the track wasn't fully enclosed until the '90s.
     
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