NASCAR’s fan attendance insurance policies by observe for 2021 season

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Kevin Harvick (4) leads the field to start the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Kevin Harvick (4) leads the sphere to start out the NASCAR Cup Collection auto race at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Daytona Seashore, Fla. (AP Picture/Terry Renna)

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Nearly all of NASCAR’s earliest races in 2021 will run with restricted followers. Because the pandemic rages on, particular person tracks have diminished seating capability, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500. NASCAR has additionally already reconfigured its schedule as soon as.

Right here’s what we find out about which tracks are internet hosting followers:

Daytona 500 — Restricted followers

Daytona Worldwide Speedway introduced in December that attendance could be restricted for NASCAR’s principal occasion on Feb. 14 and all Speedweeks races that precede the five hundred, together with the Conflict, Duels and the Vans and Xfinity races. The Daytona stands maintain 101,500 spectators, per the speedway web site, however a particular capability cap was not supplied.

The final two NASCAR Cup races at Daytona — the street course race in August and the regular-season finale just a few weeks later — hosted an estimated 10,000 and 25,000 followers, respectively, in response to the Daytona Seashore Information-Journal. The speedway stated that the reseating course of is underway and expects to have info despatched to followers who beforehand bought tickets by the week of Jan. 11.

The speedway is sustaining its pandemic security protocols for upcoming occasions by requiring guests to put on masks, bear a well being screening and temperature examine, preserve social distancing and make the most of cashless transactions for restricted concessions.

Street course race at Daytona — Restricted followers

Some reconfiguring of NASCAR’s authentic schedule final month moved the Daytona street course race to second within the order and bumped Auto Membership Speedway from the lineup fully. The transfer is assumed to permit a better variety of followers to attend the occasion underneath Florida’s much less restrictive insurance policies in contrast with Southern California, in addition to decrease journey between states. Nevertheless, fan attendance is nonetheless restricted for the Cup race on Feb 21.

Homestead — Restricted followers

As a part of NASCAR’s schedule realignment, the race at Homestead was pushed again one week to Feb. 28, and the observe introduced that it could host a restricted variety of followers. The observe seats 55,000 individuals complete within the grandstand. At Inter-Miami CF Stadium an hour north of the observe, allotted attendance has hovered between 14 and 20 p.c of the stadium’s 18,000-seat capability for soccer occasions in current months. The observe’s security protocols are in keeping with these of Daytona.

Las Vegas — TBD

Tickets are on sale for the Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the place seating was final estimated at fewer than 80,000 seats. The observe didn’t host followers for its final Cup race in September and no replace has been supplied on whether or not entry will probably be restricted for the race on March 7.

“We’re extraordinarily blissful to have our spring date moved again into March,” LVMS president Chris Powell stated in an announcement on the time of NASCAR’s 2021 schedule launch. “It’s higher for our followers, companions and everybody concerned with our occasion to have a bit of separation from the Daytona 500. We really feel as if we’ve got the right dates for each of our NASCAR Cup Collection occasions.”

Security insurance policies embody carrying masks within the facility besides when seated, agreeing to bear a well being screening and temperature examine and sustaining six ft of social distancing between events. Insurance policies will be discovered within the observe’s “Discover of Danger and Insurance policies” doc.

Phoenix — Restricted followers

Phoenix Raceway, the place attendance was restricted to twenty p.c capability for the championship race in November, introduced Monday that the observe will once more host restricted followers. The following Cup race is scheduled for March 14.

Followers who bought tickets and plan to attend will probably be relocated to make sure socially distanced seating, or accounts will probably be credited if the observe is unable to reseat them, per the observe web site. Followers who bought tickets are additionally capable of defer orders to the 2022 Spring occasion (date TBA) by submitting an opt-out kind by Jan. 8.

Full security protocols, which embody a compulsory temperature examine and well being screening, mask-wearing whereas within the facility and social distancing between teams, may also be discovered on the speedway web site.

Atlanta — “Possible” restricted followers

Atlanta Motor Speedway has not launched an official replace on restricted seating, however the speedway’s common supervisor Brandon Hutchison stated in a video launched in December that the observe expects to host followers in a “restricted, socially distanced capability” for the Cup race on March 21. Followers are capable of place ticket deposits on-line, however an announcement must be forthcoming from the speedway relating to seating.

Bristol dust race — Restricted followers

Bristol Motor Speedway introduced Thursday that the observe had reached its socially-distanced grandstand capability for its dust race on March 28. The observe hosted roughly 22,000 followers for final yr’s All-Star Race and attendance appeared nearer to its sold-out allotted 20 p.c capability (30,000 spectators) for the Cup race there in September.

The speedway has stopped promoting grandstand tickets, however stated {that a} restricted variety of premium-seating choices stay obtainable for buy. Data on ticketing and well being and security protocols will be discovered on the speedway web site.

NASCAR and Charlotte FC beat reporter Alex Andrejev joined The Observer in January 2020 following an internship at The Washington Publish. She performed Division I volleyball at Columbia College earlier than incomes her grasp’s diploma on the College of Southern California.
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