Battle at Bristol: Guide to gameday

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 4:04 PM EDT
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The Battle at Bristol is making college game day bigger than it has ever been before.

Free parking

Toyota, Lexus and Scion drivers are at a special advantage. They can park for free on Saturday in a designated lot of 1,500 spots at Earhart Campground.

How to watch the game

The Tennessee Vols will play against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, September 10 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

For fans who can't make it to Bristol, the game will air on ABC starting at 8 p.m.

Schedule of the weekend

While the game starts Saturday evening, the fan experience gets underway Friday morning.

The parking lots open at the Bristol Motor Speedway at 9 a.m. and the first concert starts at 2 p.m. Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry and Old Dominion will headline the concert series. They start playing at 6:25 p.m. Friday.

Parking lots open at 7 a.m. Saturday and the fan zone opens at 8 a.m. Concerts start at 12:30 p.m.

Gates open for game at 4 p.m.

The Vol Walk starts at 5:30 p.m.

Carter Winter will play a final concert, scheduled for 11 p.m. Saturday.

Stadium security

Fans will need to have a ticket to get into the Speedway property at all perimeter gate checkpoints. They will need to display their tickets on a lanyard throughout the entire day.

Just like Neyland Stadium, fans will need to make sure they are carrying to correct bag into the game.

Fans can have clutch purses no bigger than 4.5 inches X 6.5 inches. They may bring in clear bags no bigger than 18 inches X 18 inches X 6 inches.

Binoculars will be allowed in the stadium, but binocular cases will not be. Also cameras with detachable lenses that measure more than 5 inches and camera/lens combinations that measure more than 8 inches are not allowed.

No coolers, outside drinks or food, will be permitted through the stadium gates. This is unlike the Speedway's regular races.

Staff will check bags at the gates. Backpacks and other prohibited items will not be allowed to be left at the gates. Fans will either need to store these things in their car or throw away before going in the stadium.

You can view a full list of prohibited items on


There will be no reentry. Once a fan's ticket is scanned at the gates to get in, that fan cannot leave the stadium and get back in.