KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Some UT students are frustrated wondering where all the tickets for the Battle at Bristol game in September went. A lot of students said they think there should be more student tickets available since the venue for this game is so much larger. UT had 40,000 tickets allotted for both students and non-student fans.
The Vols will take on Virginia Tech at the Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10. It is a much anticipated game in what will be the world’s biggest college football stadium.
“I thought it would be a lot of fun to go. Just applied but never got the ticket,” said UT freshman Kile Russell.
Students went online to put their names into the lottery system last week, but when the lucky ticket holders were announced, many were disappointed.
“In the original email they were like, ‘We have a block seating. If you don’t get it you’ll be waitlisted,’ and we got those emails this morning and I don’t know a human that got it,” said UT senior Peyton Burnham.
It is a problem they ran into last fall too. The university said then it was because of a record number of ticket requests, but this time they said there was an error with the ticketing system and only 900 of the 5,000 allotted student tickets were awarded before the lottery had run and emails had been sent out.
The university said the error had been corrected Monday afternoon, and students who requested a ticket but did not get them will have a chance to purchase a ticket on Wednesday.
“When you think about 160,000 seats in a stadium, I really didn’t think it was going to be a problem,” said Burnham. “It’s been so hyped up about it and like you wouldn’t think it would be an issue especially as a junior, going to be a senior for the game when I’ve been hearing out it since I applied here back in 2012.”
The university will be sending out emails to let the students know about the error and the second chance to get tickets. Bristol Motor Speedway says it has sold out of the grandstand tickets, but there still are some premium tickets available. Those are valued at $400 or more.