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Bristol Speedway unveils plan for Vols vs Hokies


BRISTOL (AP) - Bristol Motor Speedway has unveiled its plan to host a football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in 2016.

The announcement was revealed Monday morning at the 52-year-old racetrack that sits nearly halfway between the campuses of the two schools, off Interstate 81 in Tennessee.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Tennessee coach Butch Jones were in attendance, along with track and school officials.

Hokies vs. Volunteers at BMS first came up in the late 1990s, then again when the track underwent major renovations back in 2005. Conversations between the track and school officials got serious last year.

The speedway can hold around 160,000, and organizers are hoping to break the NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football of 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for Michigan-Notre Dame.

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