Bristol Motor Speedway transforms into field for Battle at Bristol


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Dozens of dump trucks, tractor trailers, and a crew 100 strong have transformed the Bristol Motor Speedway into college football’s biggest stage.

AstroTurf Director of Construction Mitchell Truban said his team began planning the track-to-field project more than two years ago.

A tight schedule and layout of the infield made the job seem almost impossible.

“The slope of the underground it has over a three foot fall in the center,” explained Truban. “The water coming off the field is easy, how to build that up, it took over 10,000 tons of stone coming in. That’s over 450 truckloads.”

After the stone came, a quarter inch thick shock pad was placed across the entire surface before the actual turf was placed and filled with a sand and rubber mixture.

Once that settled, it was then time for the Tennessee and Virginia Tech teams to add their big orange and Chicago maroon accents.

Despite a one day set back, and some rainy weather, the project stayed on schedule.

Crews officially finished the field four days before the big game.

But the Battle at Bristol may not be the end of this track-to-turf story.

“We installed this field and built this field was so that it could be reused and re-purposed again,” said Truban.

News 2 will broadcast the Battle at Bristol game Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. CST. Click here for full coverage of the Battle at Bristol.

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