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The Battle at Bristol to pit Virginia Tech Hokies against Tennessee Vols

This vehicle parked at Bristol Mall embodies the excitement for the upcoming Battle at Bristol.
This vehicle parked at Bristol Mall embodies the excitement for the upcoming Battle at Bristol.
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The city of Bristol straddles the Va.-Tenn. state line so it is the perfect place to hold The Battle of Bristol pitting the Tennessee Vols against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Bristol Motor Speedway is the only place with room to seat 150,000 people to watch this record event in college sports history. Residents of Bristol and the surrounding Tri-Cities area are discussing the upcoming event, scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016, but the truth is that they don't really know what to expect.

The odds are that this sports mega-event will be much more spectacular than anyone anticipates. What will the scene in Bristol be when this Virginia-Tennessee excitement comes to town? Bristol resident Steve Fletcher thinks it is going to be a very big event for Bristol. He is thinking that they will close off State Street, the main street for both the Virginia and Tennessee sides of town, like they do each year for Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion music festival. He thinks there could even be a bowl type atmosphere going on that weekend. He seems to be looking forward to the event:

My dad, Va. Tech '53 Alum. got 10 tickets. A bunch of us will party all weekend and go to the game.......I would imagine, downtown will be rockin on State Street!

Some Bristol residents will consider the Battle at Bristol and the events surrounding that weekend as just another bothersome BMS event like the NASCAR races with even more traffic to contend with around town. It remains to be seen how big the crowd will be, but the demographics will probably be vastly different than the usual attendees at Bristol Motor Speedway.

You can find out about ticket prices here. Tickets for the Battle at Bristol will be similar in pricing to NASCAR races, beginning at $40 with BMS NASCAR Season Ticket Holders & iBelong Members being guaranteed ticket availability.

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