UT requesting more 'Battle At Bristol' tickets

After allocating its initial allotment of tickets for the Sept. 10, 2016 "Battle At Bristol" football game against Virginia Tech, the University of Tennessee is requesting more tickets from Bristol Motor Speedway, according to a release from the school Tuesday.

The first allotment for Tennessee included 40,000 tickets, and the school has taken deposits for 35,000 of those seats.

The remainder of the allotment, which totals 5,000 tickets, will be allocated to UT students in the weeks leading up to the game in 2016.

"The overwhelming response to the Battle at Bristol speaks to the passion of our amazing Tennessee fans," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart.

Tennessee is in discussions with Bristol Motor Speedway to secure more tickets in order to take additional reservations from donors, alumni and fans.

BMS officials tell News 5 WCYB that the request for additional tickets will be decided soon.

"We knew when we came to an agreement with the schools this was going to attract a tremendous amount of attention," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway.

"But the buzz that continues since the announcement in October, the enthusiasm of the fan bases from the schools, and the reaction to securing tickets, has exceeded the expectations we had."

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