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SOLD OUT: UT fans gobble up tickets for Battle at Bristol in 2016

Staff Report • Jan 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

BRISTOL — That didn't take long.

Bristol Motor Speedway announced that the University of Tennessee had already sold out of its initial allotment ticket allotment for its football game at the speedway against Virginia Tech. Fans snapped up all 35,000 seats for the "Battle at Bristol" set for Sept. 10, 2016.

“We knew when we came to an agreement with the schools this was going to attract a tremendous amount of attention,” Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, said in a news release. “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.”

But if you didn't get a ticket, don't panic — Virginia Tech has yet to release its allotment.

UT's initial allotment was 40,000 tickets. The remaining 5,000 tickets 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.”

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