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Tennessee-Virginia Tech could play in front of 160,000 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016

10/10/2013 5:18 PM

10/10/2013 5:21 PM

A college football game with 160,000 spectators?

If Tennessee and Virginia Tech can sell the tickets, that’s how many will view their game on Sept. 10, 2016, at Bristol Motor Speedway, according to media reports.

An official announcement is expected next week.

Bristol, Tenn., is located almost halfway between the campuses, on Interstate 81, 110 miles north of Knoxville, Tenn., and 125 southwest of Blacksburg, Va.

The record attendance for a college football game is 115,109 for Michigan-Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium in 2011.

There’s been talk of a game at the track known as “Thunder Valley” for years. It could work for football because Bristol is a half-mile track with stadium-like seating.

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