Report: Daytona Speedway considering adding college football games to calendar
In 2016, we saw the Battle at Bristol between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway on the Tennessee-Virginia border.
With a record 156,990 people watching that game, other big-name raceways are considering getting in on the college football action.
On Monday, Forbes.com reported that Daytona International Speedway continues to explore its options regarding football:
Andrew Booth, the director of public relations for the speedway, told me last summer that Daytona, with a seating capacity of 101,000, continues “to explore adding new events to our event calendar, including sports such as football, and have had a number of conversations with many organizations.”
This week, Booth told me, “We still have interest in building our event calendar with new events.” So nothing has changed.
Daytona is only about a two-hour drive from Gainesville, so the Florida Gators may be a big draw there. It’s also pretty close to Orlando, where the UCF Knights play (wink, wink).
The problem would be logistics, as Bristol is a much shorter track than the 2.5-mile behemoth that is Daytona. If they could make it work, though, it would be a bucket-list game, for sure.