Nothing says America like football, NASCAR, and beer. The three are about to come together for one night on Saturday at the largest scale possible.
The University of Tennessee Volunteers will take on Virginia Tech Hokies 24 hours from now at Bristol Motor Speedway in front of 150,000 fans. The crowd tops the current record for most people watching a college football game live by more than a whopping 30 thousands.
Nobody knows who will win or if fans will ever be able to see the action from the furthest reaches of the grandstands, but one thing is sure. Those 150,000 fans will be thirsty. Thirsty for beer.
ESPN’s David Hale reports organizers have called in more than a half-million containers of beer. This appears to include Budweiser and Bud Light. (Are those tallboys? Think so, but I’m not sure.) From the above image, we can also deduce that Mountain Dew and Pepsi will feature prominently. There will be many other options, presumably. If you like liquids, you’ll like this.
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) September 8, 2016
SB Nation broke it down:
Say there are about 150,000 people at this game, and let’s (just for convenience’s sake, obviously) assume no rule-breaking occurs. How many are of legal drinking age? I’m guessing about 100,000. That sounds right, doesn’t it? Both teams should bring lots of students, and roughly three-fifths of undergrads are not 21. Plus there’ll be some kids with their parents, and so on.
So, 545,000 beers for 100,000 legal drinkers at the stadium. That’s a lot! Many of these people are going to drink heavily before they go inside, because this is a night game and also because it is a football game. The total tonnage of consumed beer at this game is going to be unfathomable, even though there’s no way all 545,000 beers get downed.