BRISTOL, Tenn.- History will be made as sports fans witness a border battle, decades in the making, between Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 10, 2016. In honor of this epic rivalry, spurred by fanatical-fan bases, an 18 ½ -foot tall, two-year countdown clock was unveiled today near the state lines.

Expected to draw more than 150,000 fans, the iconic NASCAR short track will transform into college football's largest venue within an estimated two-week timeframe following its traditional late-Aug. race date. The Battle at Bristol football game is on track - no pun intended - to crush the current NCAA single-game attendance record of 115,109, which was set in September 2013 at Michigan Stadium.

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Facts about the Battle at Bristol Countdown Clock

  • The Battle at Bristol countdown stands 18 ½ feet tall and expands to 11-feet wide at the VT and UT helmets
  • Once completed, the entire structure will weigh 625 pounds
  • The sign is American Made by Express Signs located in Kingsport, Tenn.
  • The clock, from ThinkSign in Louisville, Ky., is a full color 16 mm true pixel 1R1G1B LED with an over 68 billion color capacity message center
  • The brightness is 12,000 NITS with a lifetime of over 100,000 hours pulling only 8 amps
  • The Battle at Bristol countdown clock will be positioned in front of the Bristol Chamber office, at the intersection of Volunteer Parkway and State Street. The clock, displayed next to the iconic guitar sculpture, signifies Bristol's designation by the U.S. Congress as "The Birthplace of Country Music." The clock and guitar are highly visible to passersby as they live, work and travel in the twin cities