We're about to lose the attendance record
for this to happen. More of a stunt than anything. Suprised DB didn't thik of it first.
Great AD, but innovation isn't his strong suit.
This strikes me as a gimmick that would only fly in the South. Tennessee is the heart of NASCAR country. Michigan, not so much. Also, the only major racing venue in Michigan is MIS, and it actually seats fewer people than Michigan Stadium.
and what makes us unique. Clueless about both. But, he is excellent at rasing money and did make a good football coach hire.
Tennessee can't sell out Neyland anymore. How are they selling 150K tickets for a game in the middle of nowhere?
Well it's only like 1.5 hours from Knoxville, is in the middle of a huge UT stronghold, and it's not just UT. It's VT as well which is also huge in SW Virginia and travels very well. I live very close to Bristol actually. Have driven my car on the speedway track. I would go except that I have no interest in helping bastardized records be formed.
Yeah, but it's also two more hours away from the population centers. It's a hike to Blacksburg from coastal Virginia and even further to Bristol. I can't imagine selling 150K tickets at $80 per ticket to that game. Bristol is a long way from the population centers that hold those fan bases and you can't really fly into there. It's also not a place you vacation.
I'm guessing the tickets will be more in the $40 range with lots of money and effort going into promoting it as well.
from my experience ticket prices for these "event" type games are significantly elevated
I don't see this game having a big secondary market especially if both teams are not in the top 15.
Bristol is 1.5 hours from Knoxville and about the same from Blacksburg. Each year the two Bristol races sell 100K plus easily. It is the regions Super Bowl. Trust me, they will sell all those tickets. It is a great idea and look for it to become a semi-regular event.
Where are you at? We moved from Detroit when I was five and settled in the area. I camped at VT my senior year (90) and ended up playing ball at Emory & Henry. I live in Tampa now, however, we purchased 18 acres between Abingdon and Damascus right off the Creeper Trail. Are you close to there? Personally I think the game would great and would definitely draw over 120K.
They won't tell anyone there's a football game. They'll just advertise that it's going to be a NASCAR race.
Lose the attendance record because a game is played in a place that's not even a sports arena? Fine, whatever.
Secondly, this is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. You won't even be able to see any of the players!
You'd be surprised. It's only a half mile oval with a steep banked track raising the seated areas. Sightlines might be better than the Silverdome was.
Guys, we never had the attendance record; Notre Dame played USC in front of 123,000 people in 1929 at Soldier Field (link: http://www.chicagobears.com/tradition/soldier-field-history/historical-timeline.html) There were only 90k people at the Cowboy Classic (link: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/090212aad.html), and Michigan Stadium doesn't hold 120,000 people...what am I missing here?
I believe we hold the record for an actual football stadium or something. Back then Soldier Field was used for much more than just football.
Very interesting. . . but without being too obvious here, isn't EVERY stadium used for something other than football at times? Michigan Stadium sure as heck is- weddings, graduations, ceremony honoring Bo Schembechler, spring (football, yes) game. .. IMO, that's an incredibly specious argument that the fact that the most people, ever, in one place to watch college football at one time "doesn't count." Frankly, I think any non-Michigan fan would roll their eyes if you tried to make that distinction; I know I don't see it as valid.
I'm saying the primary use of Michigan Stadium is football. Soldier Field back then was used for all sorts of things. They condensed it before the Chicago Bears moved in in the 70s.
Gimmicky nhl hockey game attendance record games in your list of Michigan stadium uses.
It's an NCAA record, at least according to Wiki. I guess the ND-USC game was not an NCAA event.
That's it- that's why. The NCAA hadn't been formed yet. So yes, we have the NCAA record, but not the college football record.
NCAA was formed in about 1905. The reason Notre Dame-USC doesn't have the record is because there is no verifiable way to confirm the 123,000, whereas Michigan has had the NCAA to confirm the records.
No way the sightlines are better than the Silverdome. I think you are underestimating how far away the field will be. Here is a photo from a Redskins/Eagles game played there in 1961. The sightlines from the endzones will be god awful.
Does the Bristol Speedway even have a Jumbotron?
I believe the game experience will be downright awful due to being miles away from the field...and any general admission ground level would be same unless one is 6' 10" or above.
I believe the parking situation will be wonderful as well as the days of pre- and post- game parties!!
Son of a bitch. I officially hate both teams now. Maybe if they crater bad enough on the next few years, no one will show up.
It's sad it has come to this. But there is only one thing left. Win the whole, fuckin' thing.
Indy (capacity 257,325)
Is that just those seats? We can add more on the ground right? No need to waste space in the center
no problem getting 300,000 people to come watch a Michigan/Indiana night game.
We'll still have records 2-∞
2-∞ and beyond?
this is the worst idea ever. 9/10ths of the fans won't notice the difference between halftime and game action.
That's what I was thinking. What a horrible place to watch a game for most of the fans. Ford Field for basketball wasn't good, but in that case only half the fans had a crummy view.
Michigan will have a game on the moon this century. Anyone with a telescope and a ticket will be able to watch.
DB will only let you use telescopes purchased thru the AD.
I think this has been floated around for a long time, but I believe that the track owner - at some point in the recent past - offered each team something like $15-$20 million EACH to play this game there. It might have even gone as far as a fairly organized plan to remove the garages and basically level the infield temporarily in order to accommodate the field.
They have been trying to make this happen for YEARS.
The seats would be terrible for football, but watching Denard run around the track every minute would be fun.
Fucking students fault
My God. Just show up for games on time and STFU. Actually, don't STFU, cheer --- loud!
I mean, why not just hold the game on the national mall and claim everyone in DC is attending the game?
This is officially dumb.
If Larry Ellison throws his weight behind this, they could have the game on San Francisco Bay - a la America's Cup!
The world's first college football game on water.
Seriously, they can hoot and holler about "We got dat attendance record ya'll!" but will anyone be able to tell you what happened in the game? Nyet
Also, if both teams continue to be 6-6 type outfits, will anyone care?
"We're here live in front 150,000 fans and 20,000 TV viewers...."
Some one will make that happen.
Given the shear number of beer coolers that litter the stands at such events, this whole thing could break Ohio's "cooler pooper" record at the same time.
likely to cede without a protracted fight.
I don't understand how some of you are calling this a bastardized record, when we brag about The Big Chill setting the record for a hockey game despite rhe fact that I'm pretty sure The Big House isn't a hockey venue. we should respect the record for what it is (unless of course there are like 30,000 empty seats, in which case that would be kind of pathetic)
It's not that it's a venue for a different sport, it's that it's a totally implausible venue to watch the game at all. The only reason they have so many seats at Bristol is that the grandstands are a mile long. That works when you're watching 200 mph cars but is ludicrous for football.
They may have 150k in the stands, but they aren't really "attending the game"
Couldn't one argue that seeing the football at Bristol = seeing the hockey puck at the big house?