Daytona 500 Ticket Price History – Face Values Rise
Face value of Daytona 500 tickets keep going up!
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 2012. 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? In 2010, that would have set you back $1805, tax included per seat from what we’ve been told and it’s tough to just walk up to the box office and get those! And that’s on the backstretch! But as a bargin – 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 , for a mere $699 (tax inclusive). But forget about those front stretch suites….they’re corporate and tough to get!
Make sure you post how much you remember paying for a face value ticket for the Daytona 500 in the comments section.
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 Ford Fan Suite/or the Champions Suites - You can buy into these!
Here’s what you’d get (2010):
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. 11-14 that includes the Gatorade Duel, NextEra Energy Resources 250, the DRIVE4COPD 300 and the Daytona 500, $1,805 (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.
2012- 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 (Bud Shootout added in 2011!). 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?
2009 – What about those $55 seats?….you’re on the Superstreach (between turns 2 and 3) 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! In 2009, The Daytona Beach International Speedway announced Friday 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 -
|2011 Trevor Bayne||1984 Cale Yarborough|
|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|
2011 – Martina McBride sings National Anthem – Brad Paisley pre-show