The Daytona International Speedway is one of the most sacred tracks in the world of NASCAR. It also happens to be the location of the sport’s biggest race each season, the Daytona 500. While in the past the track has been known for some of the greatest moments in racing, in the future it could be known for some of the greatest moments in football.
According to a recent article on ESPN.com, football games at Daytona could be something that happens in the coming years.
The article discusses how the track is undergoing a $400 million renovation that is expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2016 NASCAR season. This renovation will include rebuilding the front stretch grand stand (with three levels) as well as adding new bathroom and concession areas. Once the renovations are complete Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III would like to see a college football game played at the track as well as a Jacksonville Jaguars game.
We’ve not had a formal discussion with the Jags here but we’ve got some great relationships, Chitwood said. I know Mark Lamping, their president, and we’ve done some nice things where he’s participated in some sports conferences in Daytona. I’ve come up and visited some games with those guys. There’s always an opportunity.
Daytona International Speedway could be an ideal location for a college football game. Given the immense size of the track a college football game would truly be able to pack a lot of fans into the confines of the track. In regards to them hosting a Jaguars game, it would obviously have to be a preseason game since Jacksonville isn’t going to want to sacrifice a home game. The only issue with the Jaguars is that they seem to have issues getting fans to come to games when they play at home during the regular season. I can only imagine that it would be tougher to fill such a large venue for a team that already has problems filling the stands.
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