BRISTOL - For the first time ever, ESPN's College Gameday will be broadcast from a NASCAR facility this weekend ahead of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol.
Tennessee will take on Virginia Tech before a crowd of more than 160,000 people on September 10. It will be the biggest crowd to ever watch a college football game.
Going to the game? Here's what you need to know
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The game is sold out, except for some VIP experiences, but you don't have to have a ticket to watch GameDay, which will broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon from Bristol Motor Speedway FanZoneEarhart East Parking Lot.
Bristol, which will host GameDay for the first time, will be the 75th different city to host the show. It will be the 10th time that the show will originate from Tennessee. Eight of the previous nine times were broadcast Knoxville. The last time GameDay was on the UT campus was on September 15, 2012, when the Vols hosted the Gators.
Virginia Tech hasn't been featured on GameDay since Jan. 3, 2012, when the Hokies lost 23-20 to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.
What you need to know:
- GameDay is free. You do not need a ticket to the game to be in the GameDay audience, but fans crossing the grounds of Bristol Motor Speedway to get there must have their ticket displayed to get through the perimeter security check point.
- Parking is available at 2636 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 37620, GPS Coordinates: 36.525027, -82.256095.
- Bristol Motor Speedway shuttles do not operate from this locations.
- Do not arrive before 7 a.m.
- 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). All signs will be approved before entering the pit.
- No signs on a stick
- No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards
- No food or drinks
- Throwing of objects is prohibited
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