On September 10, 2016 Bristol Motor Speedway is going to play host to a college football game. The game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech. has been dubbed the ‘Battle at Bristol.’ This game will mark the first time that Bristol has ever hosted a college football game. Although the game is still more than two years away, fans will get a taste for things to come this Sunday during the Food City 500 at Bristol.
It was announced earlier this week that Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones and Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer will be the grand marshals for the race. Interestingly enough this isn’t going to be the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway for either coach. Jones served as grand marshal for the spring race in 2013 and Beamer was the honorary starter for the 2005 spring race.
Beamer shared his thoughts in a press release about Bristol, the opposing coach and their upcoming game in 2016.
As I said in my book, Let Me Be Frank, I think Butch Jones has the right ‘stuff. I think he is going to have a great career at Tennessee. To be the Co-Grand Marshal with him is a pleasure as we represent the two schools that have a lot of fans in this area. Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most exciting sports venues that I know and like to visit, and we look forward to playing Tennessee there in 2016 before the largest crowd to ever watch a football game.
In 2016 when Tennessee takes on Virginia Tech. they will have an opportunity to make history. The current record for the most fans in attendance at a college game is held by Michigan Stadium. This record was set when Michigan played Notre Dame in front of 115,109 fans. Bristol Motor Speedway can hold 160,000 people. Even if the game doesn’t fill the place to capacity, there is more than enough room in there to shatter the Michigan record.
The Food City 500 can be seen live Sunday March 16th on FOX. Race coverage is slated to begin at 12:30 PM with the green flag coming at approximately 1:13 PM. Make sure that you’re ready for the race by checking out Beyond The Flag’s official Food City 500 Pre-Race Primer.
Source: Zac Ellis, Sports Illustrated