The sellout streak for the Daytona 500 will come to an end for 2021. While the goals were to host a capacity crowd for the 63rd Annual Daytona 500 which takes place on Sunday, Feb. 14, unfortunately that isn’t an option anymore as the five year streak comes to an end.
Adam Stern first reported the news in which the Daytona International Speedway website confirmed as much on Wednesday in saying, “In order to accommodate safety protocols and procedures required to safely host fans for all Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, including the DAYTONA 500, venue seating capacity will be limited to allow for socially distanced seating. As a result, your seat may be relocated. We will work diligently to find you a seat location as close to your original purchase as possible and to accommodate as many fans as possible who have already purchased. Your current 2021 seats will be held for the 2022 event and renewal information will be sent at a later date.
“If you still plan on attending 2021 Speedweeks events and would like to choose this option, no further action is needed. We’ll be in touch as more details around the event weekend are finalized. This communication will be available early in 2021. We’ll do our best to inform our fans of their new arrangement with as much time as possible to plan for their event experience. You can also give us a call at 1-800-PITSHOP (1-800-748-7467) if you have any questions.
“For all events, fans will be required to follow event protocols, such as temperature screenings and utilizing face masks. Additional communication outlining specific event details, new seat assignments, and health and safety measures will be sent in advance of the event.”
Last year’s race saw President Donald Trump visit in a highly anticipated event. While no exact number was yet known, we do know that the race won’t have a full capacity anymore.
“The DAYTONA 500 is one of the greatest spectacles in all of sports, and fans from all over the world converge in Daytona Beach to be a part of motorsport’s biggest day,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “While we won’t be able to have a capacity crowd here in February, we are excited that we can host the DAYTONA 500 with those in attendance, as well as for the millions who will tune in live on FOX.
“The Great American Race will once again have the aura and atmosphere that fans have come to know and love. From the pageantry of our pre-race festivities to the rumble of 40 engines roaring around the high banks, it’s the biggest stage in motorsports.”