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02/04/10
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NASCAR Tracks lose over 150,000 seats
Some race tacks are downsizing by either eliminating some seats for fan zones of widening seats. The result is a decrease of 115,599 seats, based on changes in seating capacity this year to last year as noted in the NASCAR Sprint Cup media guide. Richmond held 112,029 seats before making changes. Now, the track's seating capacity is listed in the media guide as 97,912. Virginian-Pilot

Site Lap
distance
Year
Opened
Permanent
Seating
(reported by
track)
Announced
Attendance
2009

1st race
2nd race
Announced
Attendance
2008

1st race
2nd race
Announced
Attendance
2007

1st race
2nd race
Hampton, GA 1.54 miles 1960 124,000 94,400
111,300
100,000
80,000
105,000
100,000
Fontana, CA 2 miles 1997 91,000 78,000
70,000
25,000(a)
71,000
70,000
87,000
85,000
Bristol, TN 0.533-mile 1961 158,000 160,000
160,000
160,000
160,000
160,000
160,000
Concord, NC 1.5 miles 1960 156,000 145,000
(all-star)
100,000
(A) 160,000
105,000
147,000
(all-star)
160,000
160,000
145,000
(all-star)
175,000
165,000
Joliet, IL 1.5 miles 2001 75,000 70,000 80,000 80,000
Darlington, SC 1.366 miles 1950 61,000 72,000 75,000 70,000(b)
75,000
Daytona Beach, FL 2.5 miles 1959 159,000 180,000
115,000
190,000
125,000
185,000
150,000
Dover, DE 1 mile 1969 133,000 100,000
110,000
133,000
133,000
90,000
145,000(a)
137,000
Homestead, FL 1.5 miles 1995 63,000 70,000 80,000 80,000
Indianapolis, IN 2.5 miles 1909 257,325 180,000 240,000 270,000
Sonoma, CA 1.99 miles 1968 47,000 93,500 100,000 102,000
Kansas City, KS 1.5 miles 2001 80,000 100,000 100,000 110,000
Las Vegas, NV 1.5 miles 1996 131,000 140,000 153,000 156,000
Martinsville, VA 0.526-mile 1947 61,000 63,000
64,000
63,000
64,000
66,500
66,500
Brooklyn, MI 2 miles 1968 129,000 90,000
103,000
115,000
125,000
145,000
40,000
145,000(a)
Loudon, NH 1.058 miles 1990 96,000 101,000
101,000
101,000
101,000
101,000
101,000
Avondale, AZ 1 mile 1964 76,812 80,000
90,000
100,000
100,000
105,000
105,000
Long Pond, PA 2.5 miles 1968 70,000 105,000
80,000
(B) 105,000
105,000
100,000
105,000
130,000
Richmond, VA 0.750-mile 1946 97,912
was 109,000
110,000
108,000
112,000
110,000
112,079(b)
100,000
112,079
Talladega, AL 2.66 miles 1969 143,000 142,000
127,500
156,000
145,000
160,000
155,000
Fort Worth, TX 1.5 miles 1997 138,122 176,300
167,000
190,000
165,000
191,000
183,500
Watkins Glen, NY 2.45 miles 1948 35,000 80,000
(C) 85,000
87,000 90,000
Rockingham, NC 1.017 miles 1965 60,000 x x x

(A) = Charlotte Motor Speedway in May was postponed from Sunday, May 24th to Monday May 25th.
Estimated crowd of 100,000 on Monday, original crowd estimated at 160,000 on Sunday

(B) = Pocono in August was postponed from Sunday, Aug 2nd to Monday Aug 3rd.
Estimated crowd of 80,000 on Monday, original crowd estimated at 105,000 on Sunday

(C) = Watkins Glen in August was postponed from Sunday, Aug 9th to Monday Aug 10th.
Estimated crowd of 85,000 on Monday, original crowd estimated at 90,000 on Sunday

Notes: Including seats in luxury suites and excluding infield admission, temporary seats, general admission, and drag way and dirt track seats.

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