Football Coming To NASCAR’s Daytona International Speedway? First downs at Daytona International Speedway? That’s the word.
Not during the Daytona 500, but in a football game.
The idea of hosting a marquee football game at the track has been bouncing around for a couple of years now, and the facility’s public relations director, Andrew Booth, told The Motor Masters that it is still under consideration.
When the track was renovated prior to the beginning of the 2017 NASCAR season, the designers made sure that the grass in front of the main grandstands that divides the racing path from pit lane was wide enough to fit a football field.
With an attendance capacity of 101,000 in the grandstand alone, Daytona could potentially have a larger attendance than “The Swamp” AKA Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida, which has a seating capacity of around 90,000.
It wouldn’t be the first time there’s been a football game next to the starting grid, either. Several high school and college games were held at the Speedway between when it opened in 1959 through 1975.
It also wouldn’t be the first time in recent years that there was a football game at a major NASCAR Speedway. The stadium-style Bristol Motor Speedway broke an NCAA record in 2016 when it held a game between the Volunteers of University of Tennessee and the Hokies from Virginia Tech that drew more than 156,000 fans, and the track is looking to do it again with teams that are yet to be determined.
However, neither Speedway has a resume like the football history of Winston-Salem’s Bowman Gray Stadium, which has been the home of the Winston-Salem State University Rams and NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing since 1956.
No matter which teams are announced to play in a marquee matchup, it will be an exciting game to watch.Auto News, Blog