ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the NFL is planning to host fans for this season’s Super Bowl that will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The caveat to that is, the capacity will likely be limited to 20-percent.
According to the stadium’s website, there’s 65,857 seats available there. That equates out to around 13-15k allowed inside of the big game. Where this is big for NASCAR is, the Daytona 500 will run one week later (Feb. 14).
This year’s Super Bowl is Feb. 7 is in the same state as the Daytona 500. Only 139 miles are between the two venues which is a short 2 1/2 hour drive in length off I-4 connecting them (yes I know you go from I-4 to I-95 a short bit on the east coast).
Where this is significant is, how can the Daytona 500 host a capacity crowd of 101,500k in the grandstand seats at the Daytona International Speedway where just one week earlier, the Super Bowl can only host 13-15k? In fact, well over 150k attended this past year’s Daytona 500 if you count infield camping and suites. The race was a sell out.
This past year’s DAYTONA 500 was attended by fans representing 48 different countries and every state in the United States.
How does that happen in February?
While DIS is much bigger than Raymond James Stadium and can easily host more than 15k even a week later, I just don’t see how if the Super Bowl isn’t going to host a capacity crowd, how can the Daytona 500?
The INDYCAR season finale this past Sunday held 20k on a 1.8-mile street circuit. I can see upwards of 50k maybe for the Daytona 500, if not a little more or less depending on the situation in February, but I definitely can’t see a sell out crowd anymore.
In turn, this also means you should buy your tickets ASAP before they cut them off.
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NASCAR cut off ticket sales to Martinsville and Phoenix before new sales could be had due to already selling more tickets than they were allowed to hold. I can see Daytona doing the same.
After Daytona is Homestead, which is in the same state, so I can see that race having limited capacity too.
To close the month of February is a race at Auto Club Speedway in California. Most sporting events have already been moved from California for early next year. NHRA has moved their WinterNationals away. Motocross has done the same and won’t start in Anaheim either. To me, that puts the race in Fontana in jeopardy if they’re wanting to host fans.
This is all noteworthy because I think everyone just assumed we’d be back to normal for 2021 and that 2020 was going to be an anomaly. Well, the early part of the season may not resemble the early part of this year now too.