NASCAR Playoff Race at Bristol Sells Out, May Have Largest US Attendance Since Covid-1909/14/2020
Saturday’s Bristol Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee has sold out of all available tickets and is poised to become the highest attended sporting event in the United States since at onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
It isn’t completely clear how many seats were made available but the 162,000-seat track has been approved for up to 30,000 fans by the state. That was also the case for the NASCAR All-Star Race in July when over 22,000 fans attended.
NASCAR and its tracks no longer release official attendance figures.
The All-Star Race took place two days after Tennessee reported its peak daily number of COVID-19 cases at 3,314 — a number that has since declined by 75 percent.
As it stands, the All-Star Race crowd is still the largest of any sporting event this year since coronavirus restrictions were implemented in March. The University of Tennessee intends to sell up to 25,000 seats for its NCAA football home opener against Missouri at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Oct. 3.
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