While it’s not full-capacity — understandably as the Coronavirus Pandemic is still in full swing — Phoenix Raceway has been approved to provide seating for a limited group of fans (20% capacity, which equals 8,400 fans per day) wanting to attend NASCAR Championship Weekend in November.
The speedway made the news official with a press release on Friday.
“While we wish we could have a full house with the greatest fans in motorsports, the health and safety of everyone is our top priority and we are excited that we can still share this NASCAR Championship Weekend experience with many in a safe environment,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese in a press release. “The entire Phoenix Raceway team has been looking forward to hosting the track’s first-ever championship weekend since it was announced in March of last year and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome fans all three days to share in this monumental event for our venue, our community and the entire state of Arizona.”
According to the release, Phoenix Raceway will issue credits for the 2021 NASCAR Championship Weekend to fans who had purchased tickets in advance that will no longer be accommodated.
The track also detailed the process for selecting which fans will be allowed access, and what at-track attractions will still be active.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Season ticket holders will receive priority as part of the process. To ensure social distancing between groups in attendance, many fans will be reseated in new locations, as comparable as possible to their original seats, and new, lower ticket pricing for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship race will be applied.
The INfield Experience will be unavailable and fans that have purchased this access will receive a credit to their account. Other fan hospitality options such as Legends and Dos Equis Curve will also operate at a reduced capacity. Camping will still be available and all campers will be pre-screened upon their arrival. Campers will also be asked to park in the same direction on the right side of each campsite, with all campsites limited to a maximum of six guests per spot.
In addition to maintaining a strict adherence to the CDC-recommended 6’ social distancing throughout the venue, all guests will be screened prior to entering the gates, including a non-contact temperature check, and guests ages 3 and up will be required to bring and wear mandatory face coverings. Multiple handwashing and hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the operating areas and entrances and a “clean team” of staff, clearly identified for guests, will be cleaning or disinfecting at all times. Additional information on the NASCAR Championship Weekend and its safety protocols may be found online at PhoenixRaceway.com/protocols or by calling Phoenix Raceway at 866-408-RACE (7223).
While it won’t feel like the typical NASCAR Championship weekend, at least some fans will still get a chance to see one of their heroes hoist the championship trophy at the end of what has been a strange 2020 season.
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