BRISTOL, Tenn. - ESPN officials announced today that college football's longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show, ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, will originate from a NASCAR facility for the first time in history when the show airs live from Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Saturday, Sept. 10 (9 a.m.-Noon, ET) in advance of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, featuring Virginia Tech vs. the University of Tennessee. 

Hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, ESPN College GameDay will be located at the Earhart East Parking Lot next to the "The Last Great Colosseum." During the last 19 days the facility has been transformed from a world-class racetrack into a state-of-the-art football stadium.

ESPN made the announcement today at historic Lambeau Field in Wisconsin when a special Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol-designed NASCAR stock car arrived on the set with Bristol Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell.

Bristol, Tenn. is the 75th different city to host ESPN College GameDay, a winner of six Emmy awards.

ESPN College GameDay is a free event. Fans do not need a ticket to the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol in order to attend ESPN College GameDay. If traveling through Bristol Motor Speedway property to and from the ESPN College GameDay set, your game ticket will be required upon entering and exiting the perimeter security check point.

Parking is available at 2636 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 37620, GPS Coordinates: 36.525027, -82.256095.

For other available parking options, please visit: BattleatBristol.com and click on parking.

Please note that Bristol Motor Speedway shuttles do not operate from these locations.

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Additional Fan Information

  • Fans entering the GameDay pit will be checked by a security wand
  • No bags, backpacks or purses permitted in the pit
  • No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage)
  • No signs on a stick
  • No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards
  • No food or drinks
  • Throwing of objects is prohibited

GameDay Fun Facts

  • It is the 10th time the show will originate from the state of Tennessee - eight of the previous nine times were from Knoxville and the other was in Nashville
  • The last time the show aired in the state of Tennessee was Sept. 15, 2012, for the Tennessee-Florida game (37-20 Florida win)
  • It is the first time since Sept. 5, 2009 that Virginia Tech has been involved in the game from which GameDay will originate 

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ESPN College GameDay at The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol

College Football's Biggest Ever, The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol featuring the University of Tennessee Volunteers pitted against the Hokies from Virginia Tech plays host to ESPN College GameDay on Saturday, September 10.

FAQs

Q: Do I have to pay to attend this event?

A: No. The ESPN College GameDay show is a free event. Game tickets are not required to attend this event.  If traveling through Bristol Motor Speedway property to and from the ESPN College GameDay set, your game ticket will be required upon entering and exiting the perimeter security check point.

Q: Do I have to have a ticket to attend this event?

A: No. However, still photography, and/or video filming will be taking place in connection with ESPN. College GameDay attendees will grant ESPN use of your likeness without compensation and relieves ESPN, Bristol Motor Speedway, Earhart Campground and all related parties from any and all liability. ESPN, Bristol Motor Speedway, Earhart Campground and related parties will assume no responsibility for any injury to your person or damage or loss to your personal property.

Q: When does ESPN College GameDay begin?

A: ESPN College GameDay officially starts at 9 a.m. EDT. The show ends at noon EDT.

Fans should arrive no earlier for access to the pit before 7 a.m. ET. Fans entering the pit will be checked by a security wand.

 

Q: Where is/where will ESPN College GameDay be located?

A: ESPN College GameDay will take place at Bristol Motor Speedway's FanZone in the Earhart East location.

Q: Where do I park to attend ESPN College GameDay at Bristol Motor Speedway?

A: To access Earhart East parking lot, you must have a pre-purchased camping/parking pass. The Earhart parking lot opens at 7 a.m. This area is SOLD-OUT and passes are no longer available.

Parking is available at 2636 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 37620, GPS Coordinates: 36.525027, -82.256095.

 For other available parking options, please visit: BattleatBristol.com and click on parking.

Please note that Bristol Motor Speedway shuttles do not operate from these locations.

Q: Can I bring a cooler, food and beverages?

A: No. Coolers, food/beverages will NOT be permitted inside the ESPN College GameDay perimeter.

Q: Can I bring signs/posters?

A: Yes. However, all signs/posters must be approved prior to entering the ESPN College GameDay perimeter. No vulgar or inappropriate signage is permitted. No signs on a stick. No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase board. Throwing of objects is prohibited.

Q: Can signs include advertising, promotional messages?

A: No. The ESPN College GameDay perimeter prohibits solicitation of any kind. This includes advertisements, political/religious messages and promotion of any type including web sites (.com, .net, .org, etc.)

Q: Can I carry in a bag or backpack to ESPN College GameDay?

A: No. Bags, purses, backpacks or carry-ins of any type are NOT permitted into the ESPN College GameDay perimeter.

Q: Can I bring materials to make my own sign to ESPN College GameDay?

No: Markers, pens, pencils, dry erase boards and similar materials are NOT permitted inside the ESPN College GameDay perimeter.