BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – The Battle at Bristol is now in the record books, shattering previous college football attendance statistics. 156,990 people packed into Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday.
The reports show that while the crowd may have been pretty big, the crime reports remain small.
As the Tennessee Vols faced the Virginia Tech Hokies in front of a national audience, the monumental game required the roll out of a tight security plan.
Police reports from Bristol Tennessee Police reveal only two incidents that were reported to police and filed in a report on BMS property. Those reports detail the incidents as lost property and a threat report.
We requested the full threat incident report and when we got it, it was blank. Police say that is because the investigation is ongoing.
There were several traffic offenses reported along Highway 394 which is just down from the speedway and several reports of drunkenness, assault and property damage.
Police say they made a trip to both Virginia Tech and University of Tennessee before the game to get an idea of how to handle crowds for the big event.
- Click here to read a Bristol Tennessee Police Department incident reports on September 9 and 10 (.pdf)
“We watch how their operation was we were involved in their meetings and I think that we really did our homework. we were well prepared and we handled any situations that were there,” Major Matt Austin.
Police say they have already begun working with Bristol Motor Speedway perfecting security plans for this weekend’s game.
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