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Daytona 500 set to welcome 30,000 fans

Daytona International Speedway has said it is planning for around 30,000 fans to be in attendance for the showpiece Daytona 500.

This year’s edition of the 500 will take place on February 14 as the NASCAR series’ 2021 calendar swings into action, and will be the first with COVID-19 planning factored in. The Speedway, which holds 101,500 spectators and doesn’t announce official attendance numbers, stated in December that the number of fans allowed to attend would be limited due to the pandemic.

Speedway president Chip Wile has now confirmed to the Daytona Beach News-Journal that around 30% capacity would be permitted in the grandstands, plus around a few thousand more in the infield. “It’s going to be the largest sporting event that happens in the United States since COVID hit,” said Wile.

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