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Bristol Motor Speedway Releases Initial Plans For Staging '16 College Football Game
Published October 15, 2013
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THE BIGGER THE BETTER: In Virginia, Andy Bitter notes a contract between the schools shows both VT and UT could earn up to $4.3M "from ticket sales and bonuses." Each school will "receive 40,000 tickets to sell to fans." Each school will earn $4M if it "sells that full allotment," or they could bring in $3.5M for 25,000 tickets, or $3.75M for 32,500. There is an "escalating bonus based on attendance that could be" as high as an additional $300,000 per school "if the game sells out the grandstand." The contract states that 5,000 tickets of the team’s allotment "must not cost more than $40" (ROANOKE TIMES, 10/15). SPORTS ON EARTH's Matt Crossman wrote, "However big of a deal you think Tennessee playing against Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway will be, however much hype and craziness you think is possible, quadruple it." Crossman: "Will any of this do anything to, you know, provide a good football game? Who cares?" The quality of the game "is beside the point." This is about the "pomp and pageantry of creating a must-go event, and the only sport that does that better than NASCAR is college football" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 10/11).
ON THE WAITING LIST? In Las Vegas, Alan Snel writes, "Don't expect any gridiron matches at the Las Vegas car track any time soon." Las Vegas Motor Speedway has a capacity of 123,000 and officials "have discussed the idea of staging a college football game." But LVMS VP/PR Jeff Motley said, "It just hasn't materialized." While BMS is a half-mile track with "seating all around the race course," LVMS is a mile-and-a-half track "with the majority of seats on one side of the track" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 10/15).