How exciting for Florida to have the Super Bowl one week and the Daytona 500 the following week. Thanks to the efforts of the NFL and NASCAR alongside Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida is open for business. Here’s what you need to know if you have access and tickets to either of those events.
Super Bowl 55 in Tampa Will Have Fans in the Seats
After spending about a quarter and a half in seats at Raymond James Stadium, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he felt completely safe with the COVID-19 protocols and social-distancing. Expect somewhere above 17,000 fans to attend the event.
According to NFL CEO Roger Goodell, “We’re going to try to bring as many fans as we can safely do into Raymond James Stadium, but we’ll be working with the local officials on that. … I’m not sure there’s a specific number that we are confident saying this is what it will be. But obviously our focus will be keeping them safe, whoever is there. … We will not make projections about what the current environment will be 55 days from now.” However, players, coaches and NFL staff will not be given priority access to COVID-19 vaccines before the Super Bowl, Goodell said. The vaccines will go first to medical personnel, first responders and those most at risk, he said.
Daytona 500 Will Have Fans in the Seats
Officials with Daytona International Speedway announced Wednesday the number of fans allowed to attend the Daytona 500 will be limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 63rd running of the race is scheduled for Feb. 14. At 25% capacity, estimates of over 25,000 fans should be allowed to physically attend Speedweeks 2021.
As a result of the reduced capacity from the typical 101,500, Daytona International Speedway stated it would work to accommodate guests who have already purchased tickets to the 2021 Daytona 500, adding that many fans would be “reseated” in new locations to adhere to social distancing.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, venue capacity will be limited to allow for socially distanced seating. For some guests this will mean your seats will be relocated to accommodate at least 6 feet of distance between you and another group.
The other Cup events during Speedweeks, including the Busch Clash and Duel qualifying races, will also be held with limited fans, as will the Xfinity, Truck and ARCA races. Entry into Daytona’s infield will also be limited, but premium and extended-stay camping packages are still available, the Speedway said.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.DAYTONA500.com/updates