Bristol Motor Speedway seats 153,000 spectators. The Battle at Bristol between University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech almost definitely shattered college football attendance records, as people have been predicting for a while now.
Logistically, this is problem.
As a spectator, you're participating in what has to win the Most American Sporting Event Ever title. It's putting college football (which has a longer American history than pro football, by the way) into a NASCAR stadium and adding more than two times the number of people that attend both UT and VT. On top of all that, Bristol Motor Speedway carted in more than half a million beers for the ordeal.
But at what cost? Considering we've been talking about the sheer size of the stadium at Bristol since this game was announced in 2013, we knew seats would be an issue.
Wow front row seats to the battle of Bristol !!!! pic.twitter.com/4IlMJsCVJo— Ellen Lamar (@ellen_azaliea) September 7, 2016
Where is the field?!?
The media binoculars on our seats at the Battle at Bristol came with an instruction booklet. I mean … is that really necessary?— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) September 10, 2016
These sound like something out of Harry Potter. But media seating can't be that bad, right? They're going to be the ones really paying attention to the game here. They're not going to be partaking in the half a million beers.
Greetings from Bristol Motor Speedway. Allegedly there's a football field down there somewhere. pic.twitter.com/dxaeJdiggo— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) September 10, 2016
Well then. That's why they come with instructions.
Honestly, the view is kind of picturesque. All that orange.
The official TV view. From way up there, you can almost see the Jumbotron, too!
My seats for Va Tech-Tennessee in Bristol aren't that bad ... pic.twitter.com/ASIQgFbCMf— Steve Braband (@stevebraband) September 11, 2016
Maybe they brought all that beer in for a reason. With a tailgate that big, odds are that at least some of the 150,000 spectators won't care whether they're seeing the field.