NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — If you ever wanted a top guide to navigate your way around the Battle at Bristol, one of Tennessee’s top politicians is your guy.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey could hear the roar of the races because he grew up just a mile away from the giant facility that will host the historic football game Saturday night between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
He will be the first to tell you the record 150,000 people attending the game means “an estimated $125 million impact for Bristol — my hometown.”
The lieutenant governor, who is retiring this year after decades on Tennessee’s Capitol, advises the 150,000 people going to the 7 p.m. game should “get there about three hours early.”
He doesn’t think parking will be a problem since “just about everybody opens up their yards or parking lots” to accommodate similar crowds at Bristol’s races.
As for actually seeing the field in the giant speedway, Ramsey says that should not be a problem.
“They put up what they call the Colossus,” he told News 2. “It’s a monster, monster television screen in the middle that you can see very well.”
Lt. Gov. Ramsey said he would be the going to the game, but he is also taking the conservative approach by carrying some binoculars.The Battle at Bristol will broadcast Saturday, Sept. 10 on News 2 at 7 p.m. Central. Click here for full coverage of the game.