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Source: Vols-Hokies to play at Bristol Speedway

October 9, 2013


A person with knowledge of the plans tells The Associated Press that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016.


The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement is still in the works.


The Bristol Motor Speedway Commission announced plans for a news conference Monday for what it called a major announcement, but gave no details.


The speedway holds 150,000. The attendance record for college football is 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.


A Tennessee spokesman says the school could not comment.


Kentucky to host NCAA women’s tournament


LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum has been chosen as a first-time host site of first and second round games in this year’s NCAA women’s tournament.


The NCAA’s first event here since nearby Rupp Arena hosted the 1986 Women’s Final Four provides the Wildcats’ first chance to open tournament play on their home floor, which Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell called an “awesome opportunity.” Mitchell’s team seeks its first Final Four appearance after reaching their third regional final in four years last season.


Memorial Coliseum was one of 16 early round sites selected Wednesday to host games March 22-25, 2014, with exact dates to be announced. The 8,000-seat arena has hosted 10 NCAA volleyball tournaments with another a regional scheduled for Dec. 13-14.


Tennessee’s band complaining about reduced role


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s marching band has issued a statement saying it’s in a “bitter battle” with the athletic department regarding a reduction in travel and a reduced role at home football games.


The Pride of the Southland Band said Wednesday its travel budget was “slashed.” The band also said it has been “reduced to playing the team’s fight song after touchdowns and a few seconds of music in between plays” at home games while commercials and pre-recorded music play at other times.


The athletic department released its own statement Wednesday, saying the band is “a much valued and integral part of the university” and that the band’s operating budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year was reduced by only 0.8 percent.