NASCAR’s long-awaited return to the Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend will reportedly include up to 1,000 members of the military and first responders in the stands.
Our own Andy Slater broke the news on Thursday, with this tweet:
SLATER SCOOP: NASCAR’s plan to have fans in stands at Homestead-Miami Speedway has been approved by Miami-Dade’s @MayorGimenez.
It will be limited to 500 military personnel for the races on June 13-14, the mayor tells me.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) June 4, 2020
The proposal, which was approved by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, allows for guests to be present for the Cup Series race, the Dixie Vodka 400, which is scheduled for June 13 and 14.
The fans would be the first to be allowed in the stands of a NASCAR race since the sport postponed its races in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic.
No general public tickets will be available, and the guests who are admitted will not be allowed in the infield.
In addition, all fans must undergo health screening before entering the facility, including a temperature check. They will also be required to wear a mask and to comply with other measures, including social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The track will be controlling entry to and exit from the facility, and will have several hand washing and hand sanitizing stations.
Tailgating will not be allowed, and parking will be allowed in every other spot.
Homestead was scheduled to host the Dixie Vodka 400 on March 21, the first time the race was set to occur in the spring after 18 consecutive seasons as NASCAR’s finale.
Officials were originally planning to hold without fans, before making the decision to postpone.
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