BRISTOL – Day two of the Battle on the State Line kicked off in Downtown Bristol Friday morning.
The city of Bristol got football fans and out-of-towners pepped with a pep rally.
“We know how to do it here, and we’ve had the crowd that’s turned out,” said Chad Keen, Mayor of Bristol, TN.
Games, merchants and fans lined the streets, and the day began with live music.
Eager football fans also waited in line for an autograph session with previous players.
“I love having my signed autograph,” said one fan.
“It was a surprise,” said another. “I didn’t realize they were going to be up here, and we just walked up the street and we got lucky being in line first.”
Despite all the fun, most attendees were focused on Saturday.
“Tomorrow’s going to be the biggest day for college football ever, right here in Bristol,” Keen said.
The locals hope fans enjoy the big game and come back soon.
“We love this town, both Virginia and Tennessee, and we hope that they do too,” Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol, said.
The event wrapped up with a sports desk panel, followed by the UT and Virginia Tech mascots and spirit squads.
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