Vols requesting more 'Battle at Bristol' tickets after allotment of 40,000 is claimed

The Tennessee Volunteers checkerboard end zone in the centerfield at Bristol Motor Speedway during an announcement for the Battle at Bristol football game to be held Sept. 10, 2016 with Tennessee playing Virginia Tech.    (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

The Tennessee Volunteers checkerboard end zone in the centerfield at Bristol Motor Speedway during an announcement for the Battle at Bristol football game to be held Sept. 10, 2016 with Tennessee playing Virginia Tech. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

The 40,000 tickets allotted to Tennessee for the 2016 football game against Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway have been claimed, UT announced on Tuesday.

The Vols agreed last year to play Virginia Tech on Sept. 10, 2016, in a game that could be one of the highest attended sporting events in American history.

Both schools were allotted 40,000 tickets for the game. UT said the school had taken deposits for 35,000 of the tickets; the remaining 5,000 would be reserved for students.

UT said it planned to ask the speedway for more tickets to the event.

The capacity of the racetrack when configured for football could be in the range of 150,000.

“The overwhelming response to the Battle at Bristol speaks to the passion of our amazing Tennessee fans,” Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a release. “Our fans’ excitement and their strong and immediate response to the Battle at Bristol game, which is still 32 months away, says everything you need to know about the most devoted fan base in the nation.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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stevefromjasper writes:

Take your binoculars, or a telescope.

Djin writes:

Binoculars and telescopes?...

Have you ever been inside Bristol Motor Speedway?

The view isn't significantly worse than the upper rows of Neyland's upper deck.

The only issue is that there will be an enormous amount of spectators who share the distant view, as opposed to the smaller number of seats available in the upper rows of Neyland's upper deck.

troubleinc writes:

I don't care how bad the view is, I will be there with my son. Go Vols.

stevefromjasper writes:

It's a novelty event, so I don't mind having a bad view for this one game. It's sort of like those NHL hockey games at Michigan Stadium and Yankee Stadium -- seats far from the field, but the event aspect makes it special. I will go, and I will take my binoculars (as I always do).

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