Several top shelf NASCAR facilities have decided to lower their seating capacities after seeing several seasons of falling NASCAR ticket sales. Some tracks have decided to widen existing seats and others have physically removed sections of grandstands. Any way you slice it, the news points to some fundamental issues at the core of the management level of NASCAR.
Daytona and Phoenix were the two biggest tracks mentioned in a story at USAToday.com, and both dropped capacity by more than 20,000 seats. Daytona did it as a combo of removing 12,000 and then widening others. Phoenix widened every seat in the place to help make fans more comfortable. They were super generous on the widening amount, which was four inches.
In Daytona a FanZone is being built to cater to the people who attend the race and don’t care about racing. There will be all sorts of flashing lights and shiney things down there to keep them occupied. At least the hardcore fans will have a bit more room.
Souce: USAToday.com — NASCAR tracks reduce seating in wake of sagging attendance