INDIANAPOLIS — On Monday, Phoenix Raceway announced that their race in March will still be on despite rising COVID numbers across the country, but due to the pandemic raging with fury, they’ll have limited capacity again.
“We look forward to kicking off another 2021 NASCAR season at Phoenix Raceway this March and while we wish we could host a capacity crowd, the health and safety of everyone remains our top priority,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “In similar fashion to this past November for the track’s first-ever NASCAR Championship Weekend, we plan to host a limited number of fans for this event. November was a tremendous success, and we look forward to executing another safe and successful event this March.”
As a result of the seating capacity limitations, many guests will have their grandstand seats relocated to ensure social distancing between groups. Also due to the limited capacity, Phoenix Raceway will no longer be able to accommodate some guests that have already purchased tickets for the spring event weekend. Season ticket holders will receive priority as part of this process.
Due to restricted access to the competition area, the INfield Experience will not be available, but similar to the NASCAR Championship Weekend in November, reserved table seating will be available in the infield as part of the INfield Hub for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday and the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday. Hillside seating will also be made available on Sunday.
Camping will still be available with campgrounds opening on Monday, March 8. All campers will be pre-screened upon entry and will be asked to park in the same direction on the right side of each campsite with all campsites limited to a maximum of six guests per spot.
In addition to maintaining a strict adherence to 6’ social distancing throughout the venue, all guests will be screened before entering the facility at staggered entry times and will be required to wear face coverings. Multiple handwashing and hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the operating areas and entrances and a “clean team” of staff, clearly identified for guests, will be cleaning or disinfecting at all times.
Additional information for the NASCAR spring event weekend at Phoenix Raceway and its safety protocols may be found online at PhoenixRaceway.com/protocols or by calling Phoenix Raceway at 866-408-RACE (7223).
This past November, Phoenix held around 7k capacity and expects the same in March. With that said, that means none of the first five races will run at full capacity. The Daytona 500 as well as the Daytona road course race the next weekend will have limited fans. Homestead will now serve as the third race and they too will have a cap on attendance.
Fontana was canceled this year which is why Homestead was moved back a week and allowing Daytona to host another points paying race on the road course. Phoenix, is the fifth race while the fourth race of the season in Vegas is currently TBA on how many fans that can attend.
The Fall playoff race in Vegas was held behind closed doors and the Raiders didn’t allow any fans for any of their eight home games in 2020. With the race weekend being on March 5-7, I don’t expect that race to be at any sort of full capacity or close to it.
That would take us to Atlanta on March 20-21 as I don’t see them pursuing a full capacity either.