Holding a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway looks like a terrible idea

Virginia Tech and Tennessee will play a college football game at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. The NASCAR venue underwent a massive transformation to turn its infield into a football field, and with an expected attendance of 150,000, it will be a spectacle.

It’s also a terrible idea.

Look at this:

And this:

Good luck to any fan planning to go to Bristol with any hopes of seeing a football game. Sure, that’s a view from the last row, but football isn’t meant for a NASCAR venue.

The views from the lower level seats aren’t much better.

(David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)

(David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)

Tennessee plays in a stadium that seats 102,455. Is a gimmicky game at a speedway really worth the extra 48,000 seats if the sight lines make the game unwatchable?

I guess we know that answer.

Just as I’d like to see the Final Four go back to basketball arenas (won’t happen, but I can dream), let’s keep football in football stadiums.

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