The Virginia Tech vs Tennessee football game on September 10, 2016 included an epic pushback against the constant controversy over the National Anthem.
Jennifer Nettles sang a stirring rendition of the anthem, as the fans, the bands, the Bristol Motor Speedway stadium erupted in a patriotic demonstration that amazed watchers. It was the largest audience for a football game ever- 156,990 fans packed into the stadium. It was a football attendance record.
Jets, fireworks, waving Old Glory in the stands…it was an inspiring site (for those of us who still love this country.) The military saluted, the people sang, the cards they held up appeared as a waving flag.
Official attendance for The Battle At Bristol: 156,990, an FBS record pic.twitter.com/C2eEaU4Vas
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 11, 2016
WATCH: A time lapse video shows record-shattering crowd filling stands for Battle at Bristol https://t.co/oJ5zOhQm9L
— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) September 11, 2016
20 jaw-dropping images from the Battle at Bristol https://t.co/VqoctmPOMW
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) September 11, 2016
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) September 11, 2016
By the way- the Seattle Seahawks were rumored to have planned to stand for the anthem and link arms like this team, rather than be stupid and sit it out or kneel. We’ll see how that goes and will update it in the morning.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) September 11, 2016