Filling The Stands Once Again

One year ago, no one could have predicted that grandstands could possibly be filled to their original capacity ever again, let alone this July. However, the new normal has become a bit more of the normal we remember.

It was announced just last week that Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, will open its grandstands and fill them to capacity for the NASCAR weekend in July. The schedule is set for July 10-11 for the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart, the track announced.

NASCAR’s first July race at AMS in 47 years will also be the first race at AMS to host an expansive grandstand audience since the start of the pandemic. They are planning to fill as many seats as possible for this event. Although the speedway’s exact capacity is unknown, they have not seen large attendance for stock car racing, even before the coronavirus pandemic.

This race will be the first time since 2010 that Atlanta Motor Speedway has hosted two Cup races in a season, just after the March race, which had limited capacity. Similarly in the neighborhood, baseball’s Atlanta Braves and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United both announced that they plan to resume to 100% capacity for games this month.

We are now curious to see how other NASCAR tracks will handle capacity limits due to relaxing CDC guidelines amid a nation that is becoming vaccinated more with each passing day. It will also be interesting to see how many seats will be filled given the new change. Will fans be anxious to fill the stands? Will fear limit those attending? What are your thoughts about these recent changes and Atlanta’s announcement? Please share with us in the comments.

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