As if Michigan fans had not had a bad enough week with their upset loss to Penn State and the SEC having a record eight teams in the Top 25, a conservative Virginia legislator is now predicting even the Wolverines attendance record will be “obliterated” down South. Israel O’Quinn, who represents the Virginia side of Bristol in the legislature, told Breitbart Sports Monday that the attendance record would fall when Virginia Tech plays Tennessee at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
“Our region loves NASCAR racing and college football, and being able to combine the two into a single event will be incredible,” O’Quinn said. “Fans of a certain school up North will have to eat their hearts out as the record set at the Big House is not only broken, but obliterated. We couldn’t be more excited about this match-up.”
Bristol straddles Virginia and Tennessee, and the Virginia side is Virginia Tech Hokie country.
It was announced Monday that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will finally play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 and expect to set a single-game football attendance record in what is being billed as the “Battle at Bristol.”
The Speedway is located almost perfectly between the two schools, and officials plan to have a capacity of more than 150,000 for the game, well beyond the 115,109 that came to Michigan Stadium to see the Wolverines beat Notre Dame last month.