More than 150,000 fans watched a college-football game played at Bristol Motor Speedway

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College football met NASCAR in Tennessee on Saturday night, when Tennessee played Virginia Tech in the “Battle at Bristol,” played at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The game set a college-football attendance record with 156,990 fans in attendance. That shattered the old record of 115,109 for a game at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Stadium against Notre Dame in 2013.

Below are a few of the best photos from the event from Getty and Associated Press photographers.


The venue may have been different, but it was still a college-football game, complete with motorized coolers.

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These two fans would soon be joined by nearly 157,000 friends.

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Two Vols fans take a photo with the racetrack in the background.

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Lee Corso of ESPN wore a special NASCAR Tennessee Vols helmet prior to the game.

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There were NASCAR cars on display on the track prior to the race.

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An artist’s rendering back in 2013 of what the game might look like.

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This was the scene just prior to the start of the game with plenty of patriotism on display.

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The position of the press box might work for NASCAR races, but this doesn’t seem too helpful for a football game.


They even strung up a basketball arena-style video board above the field.

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In the end, Tennessee won 45-24 and received a trophy appropriate for a game played at a racetrack.

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