Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 10/10/13
Bristol Motor Speedway will reportedly host Virginia Tech and Tennessee in 2016. Photo: USA Today Sports What is more southern or more awesome of an idea than Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee at a racetrack? Try making that racetrack the famed Bristol Motor Speedway.  Joe Schad of ESPN.com and Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com were reporting this is exactly what will happen in 2016.  You know, because playing college football at the home of Gaelic football, in the Bahamas or at Wrigley Field hasn't stretched the boundaries of the sport enough in recent years or in the near future?  Unlike some of the skepticism of playing in those venues, or the sheer disaster that was Illinois vs. Northwestern at Wrigley (remember another game where both teams had to use the same end zone, outside of your local park), this venue choice is pure genius.  It's the perfect size of a venue to house these two fan bases and Bristol's location makes it easy for fans of both teams to travel to the game. Seriously, the distance couldn't be more central for the fans if you tried.  Blacksburg, Virginia to Bristol is 131.6 miles, while Knoxville to Bristol is 109.2 miles away (according to Google Maps).  There are but a few select tracks that could house an event like this and make it more than just sticking a football field on the infield and hoping it works for a portion of the track to be used.  Bristol hasn't earned the nickname of the "Thunder Valley" around NASCAR circles for nothing. 165,000 spectators can fit into the stands around this short track legend of a venue and because Bristol Motor Speedway is just a half-mile venue putting a game on there will allow for all seats around the track to be used.  If it is done right most won't even know this game is taking place outside of a football stadium. It is a pure bowl-style venue and the noise should be just as loud, if not louder than anything Neyland Stadium could offer thanks to the additional 50,000 fans or so.  However, it got me to thinking about other racetracks that college football may look to use in the future.  Why not? Once something works, the college football world will do just about anything to copycat and make more money, right?  First track that came to mind was Martinsville (in Ridgeway, Virginia) and a perfect game could be Virginia vs. North Carolina in an ACC battle. It's just 2 hours, 45 minutes from Charlottesville, VA to the venue and 1 hour, 45 minutes from Chapel Hill.  Just like the Bristol track, Martinsville is a smaller venue in total size and the fan experience could be great.  Some suggested a venue like Charlotte Motor Speedway for North Carolina and South Carolina, but the pure size of the super-speedway would suck the life out of the game and ultimately it is all about getting the fan experience to be unique and fun.  There is nothing fun about having to sit in the first rows of a football game and having to use binoculars just to see the game and that's what you would have to do at a place like this. Unless, unless you were to do it at a place like Daytona, where the infield is legendary and you create a temporary stadium—then maybe it works?  In that case, I think South Carolina vs. Florida or even Florida vs. Florida State would be fun to see.  Outside of the south, one interesting venue would be Iowa Speedway, where we could see Iowa vs. Iowa State take place. It is a venue not quite set up as big as the super-speedway, but also not a short track venue as well.  Ultimately though, this venue and these teams are a perfect storm of awesomeness and for the sake of the sanity of the rest of us all, lets just hope this type of event doesn't become a regularity. Keep it a rare event and it will mean more. Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Subscribe to the Crystal Ball Run Newsletter!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel


'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Jack Del Rio: Crabtree ‘stood out’ at first Raiders camp practice

Browns Owner: ‘we haven’t given up on Johnny Manziel’

Junior Seau’s daughter will speak at hall of fame induction

Golden State Warriors: the rich get richer

NFL, Brady could settle to avoid appeal documents going public

Miguel Herrera apologizes for costly Philly airport fight

Russell Wilson contract $60 million guaranteed? Not so fast

Bernard Pollard backs Tom Brady, disagrees with suspension

Cardale Jones continues to show love toward Ronda Rousey

Joseph Randle on Steven Jackson: ‘He’s at home watching’

Evan Turner reps Ohio State after NBA Africa game

The Wind Up: a wild and crazy trade deadline

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker