Imagine 160,000 people attending a sporting match between University of Plymouth (31,105 students) and the University of Warwick (27,440)?
Of course you couldn't - you would be lucky to get 160 – but the simply mindboggling popularity of US collegiate sport is emphasised by that the fact that two universities with similar sized enrolments – Virginia Tech (31,087) and the University of Tennessee (27,525) – are set to play an American football game in front such a ludicrously-big crowd in 2016.
Virgina Tech's Land Stadium holds 66,233 while Tennessee's Neyland Stadium holds an eye-popping 102,455, but the two sides have decided to come together and convert a motor racing track into a football stadium so they can smash attendance records.
Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and the two universities have officially announced the creation of "The Battle at Bristol" between the two schools at the track on September 10, 2016.
That's just two weeks after Bristol's famed Sprint Cup Series NASCAR night race in August, but in the announcement the track said that it was confident of its ability for a quick turnaround. (The proximity of the events also means that the track can likely use much of the same infrastructure.)
Bristol Motor Speedway seats almost 160,000, so if the track sells out for the game, it will easily eclipse college football's single game attendance record, which is currently held by Michigan Stadium at 115,109.
To put it all into perspective, last season Manchester United had the best average attendance in the Premier League with an average of 75,530.
Last season in college football an amazing 19 schools had better average crowds – with four of them Texas (100,884), Alabama (101,722), Ohio State (105,330) and Michigan (112,252) all averaging in six figures.
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