University of Tennessee fans took advantage of the opportunity to be part of college football's biggest game ever, as The University of Tennessee department of athletics today announced all of the school's initial ticket allotment has been reserved for the Battle at Bristol, between UT and Virginia Tech, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"We knew when we came to an agreement with the schools this was going to attract a tremendous amount of attention," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "But the buzz that continues since the announcement in October, the enthusiasm of the fan bases from the schools, and the reaction to securing tickets, has exceeded the expectations we had."

The initial allotment for Tennessee for the "Battle at Bristol" was 40,000 tickets and deposits for 35,000 of those seats have been secured by the school. The remaining 5,000 tickets under of the allotment will be allocated to UT students in the weeks leading up to the game in 2016.

"The overwhelming response to the Battle at Bristol speaks to the passion of our amazing Tennessee fans," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "Our fans' excitement and their strong and immediate response to the Battle at Bristol game, which is still 31 months away, says everything you need to know about the most devoted fan base in the nation."

Virginia Tech has yet to open reservations for its ticket allotment.

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