KNOXVILLE – Tennessee will reportedly play Virginia Tech in football at the 160,000-seat Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., during the 2016 season.
Both ESPN and CBSSports.com reported the news on Wednesday afternoon. Tennessee confirmed Thursday morning that coach Butch Jones and athletic director Dave Hart will attend a press conference at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, at 11 a.m. ET.
Long rumored to be a possibility, it appears the Vols and Hokies have finally come to an agreement to make this matchup happen. The two schools, located approximately four hours away from each other and about two hours away from Bristol, last met in the 2009 Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
However, the two teams have not played in a regular season game since 1937.
The 2016 matchup would give the two programs an opportunity to be part of the highest-attended college football game in history. The current record of 115,109 was set at the Michigan-Notre Dame game this season in Ann Arbor.
More details will be available early next week.
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga
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