Dover International Speedway announced it will have fans in the stands for its upcoming NASCAR race weekend.
The state approved the speedway’s plan to host fans at the Cup Series “Drydene 400” and other races scheduled the weekend of May 16th
The socially distanced event will allow for a limited capacity in the grandstands, require mask wearing and include rules for lines at concessions.
Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO Mike Tatoian says he thinks sports and entertainment can help heal some of the wounds inflicted by the pandemic over the last year.
“I think psychologically once they see venues like ours opening up to accommodate fans, everybody starts to feel like everything is going back to normal,” said Tatoian. “We do this for fans, so to finally get them back in our facility is great.”
The speedway hosted a race weekend last summer where no fans were allowed to attend.
Ticket sales for the upcoming event have been put on pause, and ticket holders will be given the option to attend the race or be offered a credit for next season.
“We’ve made it very comfortable for all of our ticket holders to either attend, receive a credit for next year or get a refund,” Tatoian said.
The “Drydene 400” weekend is the sole race weekend in Dover this year. The speedway is also expected to host the Firefly Music Festival this fall.