Fans will return to the grandstands at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Thanks to a Sept. 25 announcement, CMS will open their gates to fans for both the NASCAR Cup Series’ Bank of America 400 (Oct. 11) and the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Drive for the 250 (Oct. 10) on their ROVAL configuration. Additionally, the inaugural IMSA contest (Oct. 10) will also include ticketed fans.
However, in accordance with North Carolina’s new COVID-19 health plan delivered by Governor Roy Cooper, CMS will only host spectators up to seven percent of their facility’s capacity.
Due to the capacity measure, limited tickets have already sold out to existing ticket holders for the NCS contest, but there are seats still available for the NXS and IMSA events.
“Throughout the summer, we’ve been working with local and state officials to bring fans to the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend for what promises to be one of the season’s most anticipated events,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. “While we regret that we cannot accommodate every fan who would like to be part of this spectacular race weekend, we are committed to providing the best and safest experience possible for those who are able to attend.”
Charlotte is the latest circuit on the NASCAR schedule to accommodate limited spectators since the postponement of several races in March, April and May. The venue intends to learn from the aforementioned circuits who have allowed spectators including Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway on the best ways to accommodate the health and safety of the persons who walk through the gate as well as staff and NASCAR personnel.
“We’ve had some key learnings from our sister tracks including Bristol, New Hampshire and Texas, who have each successfully hosted fans during the pandemic,” Walter added. “We look forward to implementing those ideas, among others, to be sure that fans can focus on fun while they’re here.”
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From CMS: “Due to State mandated requirements, limiting our audience size—this event is SOLD OUT, and we’re not accepting any more ticket sales.”
So, if you want to go, it’s already too late. Thanks for the advance notice NASCAR…
People who already purchased tickets before March were probably given first choice. Depending on how many there were, tickets may never have actually been for sale.
Or not…. just a hunch.