In the wake of the success of the Battle at Bristol, matching Tennessee against Virginia Tech in front of 156,990 spectators in the iconic motor speedway, Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, told SECCoutnry.com he wants to bring that big-time atmosphere to Texas.
He had previously pitched the idea for the Red River Rivalry game between Texas and Oklahoma, but the Longhorns weren’t interested at the time, the report said.
However, with Bristol as an example, Gossage said he hopes he can lure a game to the track and he has an eye on the dormant Texas-Texas A&M rivalry.
“I think everybody that lives in Texas would love to see them play again. It’s a crime they don’t,” Gossage told SECCoutnry.com. “That would be a perfect game for us, because that’s a special one. That was one you always looked forward to. Maybe to revive it, something like this would help.”
The challenge would be the setup as Texas Motor Speedway is larger than Bristol. While all of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium would fit comfortably inside the speedway, according to a report by the Knoxville News Sentinel, Texas Motor Speedway could hold four AT&T Stadiums, according to the track’s media guide.
The total capacity for Texas Motor Speedway for a race is more than 180,000.