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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: October 10, 11:45 AM ET
Source: Game could draw 160,000

By Joe Schad
ESPN

The Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies have agreed to play a football game in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway, where a record 160,000 fans could be in attendance, according to a source.

The game is likely to be played on Sept. 10, 2016, the source said.

Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway is about halfway between the campuses of Tennessee and Virginia Tech, which organizers hope will make a September 2016 game between them easy to get to for fans.

The Bristol Motor Speedway Commission announced plans for a news conference Monday at the track for what it called a major announcement, but gave no details.

"I can just tell you I'm going to be in Bristol on Monday from about 11 to 1," Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said in a telephone interview Wednesday night. He said football coach Frank Beamer would be there as well.

"I think it has the chance to be a really nice event," Weaver said, adding that the idea has been in the works for "three or four months."

Tennessee athletics spokesman Jason Yellin said the school could not comment.

This is an event that had been talked about for years. It is unknown exactly where the playing field will be placed relative to the track and infield, which is composed entirely of asphalt.

The Bristol Motor Speedway location makes it ideal for fans from both teams to get to. It is about halfway between the two campuses on Interstate 81, 110 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tenn., and 125 miles southwest of Blacksburg, Va.

This September, Michigan announced a record crowd of 115,109 for its defeat of Notre Dame, breaking a record from 2011, the previous time the teams played at Michigan Stadium.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.