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Daytona 500 Ticket Price History – 2014 Face Values Mixed

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2014- Face value of Daytona 500 tickets – Mixed Bag

Take the black and white checkered seating on the frontstretch. That’ll set you back $680 a seat for a 4 day race package in 2014. And that’s the only way Daytona Intl Speedway sells the best seats on the frontstretch. Grandstand seating capacity was noted by ISC to be 147,000.

What about the enclosed suite box above Daytona International Speedway? ISC mentions there are 112 suites at DIS . Super exclusive! How much you ask for a four day package? The 2014 pricetage for what’s known as the Budweiser 1876 club will set you back $1895.  In 2010, that would have set you back $1805, tax included per seat from what we’ve been told. But as a bargain – you can now get a one day deal for the 500 only – One-day package for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 were available on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 , actually down from $699 (tax inclusive) in 2013.

Make sure you post how much you remember paying for a face value ticket for the Daytona 500 in the comments section.

The Suites

On the frontstretch, the Speedway has 67 suites, ranging in size from 40 seats such as Coca-Cola’s to as many as 160. The specific design and amenities offered in each suite vary. Coca-Cola’s suite on the Sprint Tower’s seventh floor is decked out in Coke memorabilia; with pictures of the soft drink’s sponsored drivers on the walls celebrating, and trash cans shaped like Coke bottles. Gatorade’s suite next door bears the company’s emblem, an orange lightning bolt on the wall. The suites, which cost $60,000 and up to reserve for the year. Most are owned by NASCAR sponsors such as Coca-Cola, Gatorade, Sprint, and Goodyear.  The cost to keep a suite for all the Speedway’s major events annually begins at $60,000.

Celebrities who have frequented the suites in the past include Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, Michael Jordan, Matthew McConaughey, John Travolta, and even Tim Tebow.

Different suites carry different foods and beverages. Suite holders work out menus with Americrown, the Speedway’s catering company. An advertisement for suites on the Speedway’s website shows people enjoying nachos and shrimp cocktails, but Guthrie noted that whenever the late Bill France Jr., the former NASCAR chairman, was in a suite, he made sure it was fully stocked with hot dogs and chili.

Goodyear maintains two suites in the Daytona 500 Club, the four-story building next to Victory Lane.

On the Superstretch, the suites are called the Budweiser Fan Suite/or the Champions Suites – You can buy into these!
Here’s what you’d get:

Budweiser 1876 Club at Daytona – Amenities:
-Reserved seat in the Sprint Tower, with in-seat snack and beverage service
-Access to Budweiser 1876 Club Pavilion -Delicious food and beverage
-Temperature-controlled environment -Souvenir gift and event program (per event weekend)
-Sports and video games
-NASCAR celebrity appearance
-Sprint FANZONE Pass/ Pre-Race
-Daily preferred parking pass
Four-race package $1,885 per person Five-race package $1,990 per person

Budweiser Fan Suite will take race fans inside a suite high atop Daytona’s famed superstretch, providing unprecedented views of the entire Speedway.

Superstretch Suite Package includes:

– Admission to the Superstretch suite
– Delicious food service
– Unlimited Coca-Cola products, beer or wine
– Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access (weather and schedule permitting)
– Souvenir program and gift
– One Superstretch parking pass with every four purchased (first come, first-parked)- One-day admission to DAYTONA 500 Experience during the weekend, “The Official Attraction of NASCAR.”

Costs:– Four-day package Feb. 20-23,2014 that includes the Budweiser Duel, NextEra Energy Resources 250, the DRIVE4COPD 300 and the Daytona 500, $1,895 (tax inclusive).

On the backside of the track is what’s known as the Champions Suite:

In 2010, Champions Suite costs $699 and includes delicious food, two (2) drink tickets for beer or wine, unlimited Coca-Cola products, souvenir event program, admission to the DAYTONA 500 Experience – Official Attraction of NASCAR and Pre-Race and Sprint FANZONE access.

The Sprint Fanzone

Want to party on the infield without an infield ticket? Welcome to the Sprint Fanzone. Walk above the drivers grarages on the Fandeck, drink at the Budweiser Bistro bar, watch stuff on stage, and get to walk on the track before the race. You can even sign the start/finish line. Overall, it’s like tailgating without totally getting ripped off! Just remember, you have to have a valid Daytona race ticket in order to purchase the Fanzone Pass.

In 2014 there’s a variety of tickets to get you on the infield – $25 for Thurs/Fri $90 for Sunday or for all four days you can grab a package for $120. Kids 12 and under are free.

New Pitroad Patio

Daytona pit road patioAccording to DIS, “Unless you are a crew member, there is no better way to be closer to the action than to have your very own Pit Road Patio seat! These elevated Pit Boxes are perched right behind Pit Road action. This open air venue will leave you with the feeling of not only watching the race but being a part of it!” That’ll set you back $1080 for the four day package.


2014- Frontstretch Ticket Face Values

What’s the face value of a Daytona 500 Ticket for the Sprint Tower sections (black and white seats)  – $350 per ticket for the 500, $680 for the 4 day set. That includes the Sprint, Petty, Earnhardt towers as well. At least you get a padded seat with arm rests.

Ticket Price History

The speedway opened with 18,000 grandstand seats and 6000 bleacher seats, compared with 167,785 seats in 2010. A grandstand ticket to the inaugural race cost $8, which was higher than the $2.50 fans paid for the beach-road races in the early 1950s and higher than the 55 cents a ticket cost in 1939. In 2007, a prime ticket in the Petty Tower was $240.

What about the $55 seat? Now it’s the $65 seat.

The lowest Reserve Ticket Price for the 2014 Daytona 500 is $65 located on the backstretch betweens turn 2 and 3. But you can get kids tickets starting at $32 in the same area!. What about those $55 seats?….you’re on the Superstreach (between turns 2 and 3) –  Well, they’re now $65. What’ll $55 get you you ask? First 10 rows on the Superstretch and a good view of the two giant TVs. Don’t expect to see the end of the race except on those tv’s either. You’re just too low!  Back in 2009,

The Daytona Beach International Speedway announced it cut its $99 ticket to $55 for the Daytona 500 because of slow sales. Tickets hadn’t been $55 since 1995. It’s another sign of the economic situation. The Daytona Beach International Speedway announced  it was cutting ticket prices from $99 to $55 for the Daytona 500 because of slow sales. Previously, the event was completely sold out.

Daytona’s seating capacity shrank from 168,000 to 159,000 in 2009, the result of a frontstretch grandstand project that began in August 2008, according to DIS spokesman Andrew Booth.  The renovation project replaced lower aluminum seating in the DePalma and Oldfield grandstands (located near Turn 4) as well as the Seagrave, Keech and Lockhart grandstands (located near Turn 1) with chair seats with arm rests.

In 2010, Daytona had the biggest capacity at 159,000 plus 112 suites, followed by Talladega (143,000; 30 suites).

Daytona 500 Tidbits

  • Furthest back to win – Matt Kennseth 2009 – Qualifed 39th, backup car put to 43rd at start to win
  • Fastest Poll Qualifier – 210.364 mph  – 1987 – Bill Elliott (All time speed record) (Oh and he won!
  • Highest Avg – 177.6  MPH  – Buddy Baker in 1980
  • Only 5 Daytona 500 races have been shortened due to rain – 2009, 2003, 1974, 1966, 1965
  • Most 500 victories (all time) – Richard Petty (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981)
  • Most 500 victories (active) –  Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999, 2005)
  • Only non-American to win Daytona 500 – 1967 Mario Andretti (Italy)
  • Prize payout has increased 7,851% since 1959 – 1959 Winning Prize – $19,050  (2010 – $1,514,649)
  • Driver with most Daytona 500 starts – Dave Marcus – 32 starts
  • 2010 Attendance – est. 159,000 sold seats
  • Indy 500 vs. Daytona 500 attendance avg – Indianapolis has over 300,000 / Daytona in the 185,000 range
  • 1996- July 5 – Daytona USA inauguration – $20 million. Later changed to Daytona 500 Experience and closed in Oct. 2010 (Orlando Sentinal 1/20/2010).
  • 1998 – Lights were installed around the track – second largest single lit outdoor sports facility
  • 2004 – Fanzone infield created
  • Lake Lloyd, named after Joseph Saxton “Sax” Lloyd, one of the original six members of the Daytona Beach Speedway Authority
  • February 22, 1959 – 42,000 people attended the inaugural Daytona 500.
  • 2010 – 50,000 tons of asphalt to repave 1.4 million square feet
  • Deaths at DIS – 27 people have been fatally injured in the track
  • 2011- Youngest Daytona 500 winner – Trevor Bayne 20years/1 day

Daytona 500 Winners –

2013 Jimmy Johnson 1984 Cale Yarborough
2012 Matt Kenseth
2011 Trevor Bayne
2010 Jamie McMurray 1983 Cale Yarborough
2009 Matt Kenseth 1982 Bobby Allison
2008 Ryan Newman 1981 Richard Petty
2007 Kevin Harvick 1980 Buddy Baker
2006 Jimmie Johnson 1979 Richard Petty
2005 Jeff Gordon 1978 Bobby Allison
2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1977 Cale Yarborough
2003 Michael Waltrip 1976 David Pearson
2002 Ward Burton 1975 Benny Parsons
2001 Michael Waltrip 1974 Richard Petty
2000 Dale Jarrett 1973 Richard Petty
1999 Jeff Gordon 1972 AJ Foyt
1998 Dale Earnhardt 1971 Richard Petty
1997 Jeff Gordon 1970 Pete Hamilton
1996 Dale Jarrett 1969 Lee Roy Yarborough
1995 Sterling Marlin 1968 Cale Yarborough
1994 Sterling Marlin 1967 Mario Andretti
1993 Dale Jarrett 1966 Richard Petty
1992 Davey Allison 1965 Fred Lorenzen
1991 Ernie Irvan 1964 Richard Petty
1990 Derrike Cope 1963 Tiny Lund
1989 Darrell Waltrip 1962 Fireball Roberts
1988 Bobby Allison 1961 Marvin Panch
1987 Bill Elliott 1960 Junior Johnson
1986 Geoffrey Bodine 1959 Lee Petty
1985 Bill Elliott
  • 2014 – Tim McGraw – pre – race concert – NFL murder suspect Ray Lewis Master of Ceremonies – USAF Thunderbirds flyover
  • 2013 – Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) sings the National Anthem – Zac Brown Band pre-race concert (Thunderbirds cancelled due to Obama).
  • 2012 – Pat Monahan (Train) sings the National Anthem – Lenny Kravits pre-race concert
  • 2011 – Martina McBride sings National Anthem – Brad Paisley pre-race concert


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