BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – Various campgrounds around the Bristol Motor Speedway opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday as football fans gear up for the Battle at Bristol.
More than 150,000 people from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four foreign countries will converge on Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday to watch the University of Tennessee take on Virginia Tech.
Dozens of football fans filed into the campgrounds, a home away from home for Jerome Breno whose friend convinced him to make the trek from Dayton, OH.
“We come for the race every year, he was interested in tickets for the when he found it they were playing it here, making the race track into a football stadium. I’m pumped for it, I might be a Tennessee fan after we leave here,”Breno said.
And early birds get to avoid the rush and settle in with good company.
“It’s going to get tight,” football fan, Adam Hughes said.
“Well you get to hangout with your friends, get a lot of people together and just have a good time. Yeah the most important thing for 90 degree weather is going to be this air conditioning,” football fan, Jeff Edwards said.
Johnson City resident, Harry Wiley has been coming to Bristol since 1961.
“Alright, this is home, for the last 11 years, this right here has done us well. Been to everyone since, even when I was in the army I was able to come back and go to the races,” Wiley said.
He even found a special someone here.
“We got married here and my life is everything around the speedway.When you pull in here, it’s just like a homecoming, all the people with outreached arms,” Wiley said.
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