The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will start its 2020 season on Saturday, July 4, ushering in a new chapter in the history of the venerable racing venue. The event will also serve as the first step towards returning professional sports to Nashville, thanks to a partnership between the speedway and the Metro Nashville Health Department.
The season opener will act as a pilot program for initiatives intended to keep fans safe at sporting events in the Metropolitan Nashville area. Through the collaboration between Metro Nashville and the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway staff, the event aims to be the first step towards allowing more outdoor sporting events in the area.
"Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is proud to be on the frontier of Metro Nashville's pilot program aimed at reopening outdoor sporting events in Nashville, Tennessee,” said track president Randy Dyce.
As part of that partnership, there will be guidelines in place to enforce social distancing and limit the potential spread of COVID-19 among fans at the venue.
"We are confident our great race fans and teams will respect social distancing standards and face covering policies implemented by the Metro Health Department for a safe and exciting night at the races."
Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets online, both to encourage social distancing and due to the limited capacity available for Saturday’s event. Tickets may be ordered by clicking here.
While some concession stands will be closed in the grandstand concourse, the tracks’ pizza stand and bars will be open and food vendors will be available. Fans will also be permitted to bring in a cooler, no larger than 14”x14”x14”.
Seating areas will also be marked with allowed spectator areas, dependent upon the number of people in your party. Face coverings will also be required for spectators, and will be provided upon entry for those who do not have one.
More information regarding the policies in place as part of the Nashville Pilot Program can be found on the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway website by clicking here.
Understandably, some race fans may not feel comfortable attending a sporting event at this time, while others will not be able to make the trip to Nashville for the season opening event. Speed51 will provide a live broadcast of the event for those fans, available for $10.
"We are pleased to partner with Speed51 to bring live pay-per-view video coverage of the racing action to fans uncomfortable or unable to attend the event,” said Dyce.
Click here to order your video pay-per-view ticket today to watch Saturday’s season-opening event at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo