COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BIGGEST GAME EVER TO BE BROADCAST ON ABC'S SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 2, 2016) â€”ABC and Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced today that the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, the historic matchup between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, has been tapped to air on ABC's Saturday Night Football beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
The announcement opens viewing access to millions of fans across the nation, offering an opportunity for those outside the largely sold-out stadium to be a part of the already legendary game.
"Excitement around this game just keeps on building, and having ABC choose this matchup for their Saturday night prime time game slot brings a whole new level of intensity," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "We're delighted that fans around the nation will get to look over the shoulders of those who have scored tickets and enjoy the amazing visual experience of football in the Last Great Colosseum."
Attendance estimates for the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol have been driven by robust ticket sales and are hovering northward of the 150,000 mark. A crowd of that size shatters the previous world record for attendance at a single college football game, which is around 115,000.
"2016 is Bristol Motor Speedway's Biggest Year Ever," Caldwell said. "In April we unveiled Colossus TV, the world's largest outdoor, permanent center-hung television. In August we'll host America's Night Race, the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, one of the most highly attended NASCAR events on the circuit, and in September we'll welcome College Football's Biggest-Ever game. We're amazed how fast our big Bristol family is growing, and proud to welcome so many guests to one of the premier sports destinations in the world."