Battle of Bristol

Posted on September 23, 2016 in News

Some football stadiums boggle the mind with the number of seats available for lifelong fans. Take for example the stadiums at Notre Dame University and Ohio State University, which seat 80,000 and 104,000, respectively … even though Notre Dame has only 12,000 undergraduates and Ohio State has 58,000. This just goes to show that college students continue to love their football teams long after they have graduated, and bringing them back time and again for the games makes good financial sense.

Earlier this month, The Battle of Bristol at The Bristol Motor Speedway changed the game entirely — the 9th ranked Tennessee Vols took on the Virginia Tech Hokies. It was touted as college football’s biggest game ever— 156,000 people showed up and were able to sit and see the game. How? We’re glad you asked. They put up seats wherever there was a view. Sure some may have needed binoculars, but we’re pretty sure no one cared.

ere is the point worth noting: In this world in which virtual experiences have overshadowed in-person meet and greets, isn’t it nice to know that more than 156,990 people preferred to be there rather than watch it on television or through tweets and Instagram posts? Let’s all raise our glasses to being there.

A photographer actually got a 360° picture of it all, and you can look for yourself in the photo. Billions of pixels make up the image.

And here’s a little trivia for you: Back in 1927, 120,000 people gathered at Soldier Field to watch the Notre Dame/USC game.

We are proud to have provided some of the seating for last week’s game changer.

 

By Jeffrey Robins.