On Saturday American football celebrated by far the largest crowd in history. Still far behind association football, the American branch seems to be the only one still growing in crowd size.
You may recall that we recently added a stadium that isn’t entirely consistent with our website’s criteria. While Bristol Motor Speedway is not formally a football stadium, it’s the world’s largest fully enclosed sports venue and has had football traditions reaching as far back as 1961, when there was a field inside the racetrack.
Last weekend the tradition was brought back to life after 19 days of preparations. Bristol Motor Speedway hosted football again after over 400 truckloads of sand and rocks were brought inside the racetrack to create basis for temporary football field. Laid under new, hovering giants screens the turf will only serve for two games before the building is converted back to NASCAR configuration.
But before that could happen, BMS was able to hold the largest American football game in history. Last Saturday 156,990 people watched as Tennessee Volunteers defeated Virginia Tech Hokies in the exhibition clash named Battle at Bristol.
This wasn’t only the largest game in history, it exceeded the previous game by over 40,000 people! Since 2013 the record was 115,109 at Michigan Stadium, rightly nicknamed The Big House.
There’s one more game planned at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend before it’s converted again to a racetrack. While there’s no certainty if American football would be played here in the future, it’s worth noting that American football is now second only to association football in terms of record attendance. And it’s the only football code still on the rise. Check out all-time records in other major football codes below:
|2||American football||Bristol Motor Speedway||156,990||10/09/2016|
|3||Australian football||Melbourne Cricket Ground||121,696||26/09/1970|
|4||Rugby union||ANZ Stadium||109,874||15/07/2000|
|5||Rugby league||ANZ Stadium||107,558||26/09/1999|
|6||Gaelic football||Croke Park||90,566||24/09/1961|
|7||Canadian football||Montreal Olympic Stadium||69,093||09/09/1977|