20,000+ Attend NASCAR Race, Largest Crowd At Sporting Event Since Pandemic
On Wednesday night, it is believed to be the largest gathering of people since the pandemic shut everything down in early March. Over 20,000 fans were in attendance at a NASCAR event at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
“Tonight felt like an event again and I felt like we’ve been missing that piece for a couple of months,” Elliott said after winning the race on Wednesday.
One Bristol Motor Speedway spokeswoman on Thursday declined to specify an exact number of how many tickets were sold but estimated the crowd to be between 25,000 and 30,000 per NBC news.
Over the course of the last few weeks, NASCAR and local officials have been allowing fans to attend the races, but with officials giving the 'ok' for 30,000 tickets is unprecedented during this time.
We are 7 days away from Major League Baseball making their return to the sports landscape — No team has publicly stated they will be allowing fans into the stadiums anytime soon, although some involved 'hope' they can make it happen.
Three weeks ago, Houston Astros owner, Jim Crane, said after being asked if there would be fans in attendance in 2020; "That's the plan". "We still have to go through the player protocol. We're still focused on that," Crane continues. "I think the intent at some point is to get the fans in the ballpark."
The Saratoga Racetrack opened up today with no fans in attendance at the start, although the NYRA indicated that fans could be allowed to attend at some point this season.
With NASCAR allowing large gatherings — with proper social distancing — what do you, the fans feel safe with? Would you attend a Major League Baseball game, visit Saratoga to watch the races, or go to an NFL game?