Earlier this month, officials at the Daytona International Speedway announced that the Daytona 500 would allow a limited number of fans for the safety and health concerns. The tournament’s 63rd running will kick off on 14th February, inspiring many racing punters to review the top sportsbook for the event early in advance. However, there’s no word on whether the Rolex 24 will welcome limited attendance at Daytona on 30th and 31st January.
Although the Speedway officials haven’t disclosed the exact number of spectators allowed in the 101,500 spectators venue, the most recent races in the Daytona Cup Series had about 10,000-25,000 fans. That includes the Coke Zero Sugar 400 and the Go Bowling 235.
Thanks to the reduced capacity of fans at the venue, Speedway says it’s ready to accommodate the guests who purchase the ticket for the Daytona 500 in 2021. Speedway further added that a lot of fans would have to reseat to new locations for social distancing. This reseating process will be complete in January.
According to the Speedway president Chip Wile, the Daytona 500 is among the greatest sports spectacles of all times, with fans from all over the globe converging at Daytona Beach for an incredible motorsport day. This crowd will be back in Daytona next February despite the limitation in capacity, although the organizers are still excited about the attendance. Even better, the race comes as good news for the millions of people who will be watching live on FOX.
Like the conditions seen in August, the fans must be screened before entering the facility. Everyone will need to wear face coverings and maintain the six-foot social distance throughout. These regulations were set when NASCAR returned earlier in May after shutting down in March. However, fans weren’t allowed in tracks until July, with a purposely reduced capacity until the season end on 8th November when Chase Elliot took the crown.
Other cup events hosted during Speedweeks include the Duel qualifiers and Busch Clash races, which will be hosted with limited fans similar to the Truck, Xfinity, and ARCA races. Daytona’s infield entry will also be limited, although extended-stay camping packages will be available, according to Speedway. These premium tickets will be available on the Daytona 500 official website or via phone calls.
2021 Speedweeks Schedule
Tuesday, 9th February – The Busch Clash road course
Wednesday, 10th February – Daytona 500 Qualifiers
Thursday, 11th February – Duel at Daytona qualifying races
Friday, 12th February – Nascar Camping World Truck Series
Saturday, 13th February – Nascar Xfinity Series
Sunday, 14th February – Daytona 500 (63rd Running)