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October 15, 2013

VIDEO: VT/UT Set For 2016 Battle

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If all goes according to plan, Virginia Tech and Tennessee will play each other in an unprecedented game in 2016. The two schools officially announced and signed a contract in which the two will play each other at Bristol Motor Speedway in what's being called the "Battle At Bristol."

The speedway, which seats over 160,000 for race car events, is expected to host over 150,000 when the Hokies and Volunteers clash in three years. The modern day attendance record was set last month at Michigan Stadium when the Wolverines hosted Notre Dame and 115,109.

The Battle At Bristol could also have big payday implications for both teams. According to Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times the game could net a payout of $4.3 million from ticket sales and bonuses.

The tricky part might be in setting the game up. The 52-year-old Speedway has previously hosted a pre-season NFL game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, shortly after it opened. But that was well before expansions and fixtures in the infield.

According to VolQuest.com, 8,500 tons of rock will be brought in by 400 truckloads just to set the foundation in the infield for an artificial surface field.

Of course, that's nearly three seasons away. And it might not seem like as long, compared to the over 17 years it took to make this game a reality.

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