Bristol Motor Speedway, in Bristol, Tennessee is usually home to NASCAR races. But this weekend it will host a college football game between Virginia Tech and Tennessee hoping to shatter the single game attendance record by 30,000 fans!
Here’s more from Sporting News:
The largest crowd to ever witness a college football game, an estimated 120,000 fans, filled Soldier Field in Chicago in 1927 for Notre Dame-USC. Three years ago, more than 115,000 filled Michigan Stadium for Notre Dame-Michigan.
The Battle at Bristol is expected to beat both those totals by more than 30,000. It will also attract fans from all 50 states and four foreign countries. The goal obviously is to shatter the college football attendance record, but there’s more to it than that.
“It is the goal to break the record, but it’s also the goal to showcase Bristol Motor Speedway to another audience and the other side of the sports world,” Caldwell said. “The NASCAR world knows Bristol Motor Speedway very well. It’s going to be fun to show it to the college sports world. It’s really fun to be able to put us on a different stage.”
The time lapse video below shows how crews are turning the massive race track into a football field.