World record-breaking attendance as Tennessee wins Battle at Bristol 45 to 24 over Virginia Tech


BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) Records were made at the Last Great Colosseum in Bristol, TN. The University of Tennessee won an epic duel at the Battle at Bristol Saturday night, dominating Virginia Tech 45 points over 24.

In addition, a precedent was set– 156,990 fans converged at the largest football gathering — setting a new world record for attendance a football game whether college or national.  The 2013 Michigan v. Notre Dame game, where attendance numbers reached 115,109, previously held the title of the largest football game.

During the half at the Battle at Bristol, No. 17 University of Tennessee was in the lead over Virginia Tech 24 to 17.

Even some celebrities, like Country singer Jennifer Nettles, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning and Frank Beamer were spotted at Bristol.

See also: Gov. Haslam, Peyton Manning to represent UT during Battle at Bristol coin toss and Country music singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles to sing National Anthem for Battle at Bristol game

VT's band marching around the stadium
VT’s band marching around the stadium

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Below are some of the sights and sound at the NASCAR short track turned football stadium:

Early Saturday, the U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue Skydive Unit cadets skydived from the Goodyear Blimp. This was the first skydive from the Good Year Blimp in 51 years.

The unit delivered the game ball for tonigh’t Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol college football game.

The skydive also kicked off another first, the first football game ever played inside a NASCAR track.

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