A crowd of between 50,000-60,000 is expected for Sunday’s Clash, according to Joe Furin, general manager of the Coliseum. With the first 14 rows of lower level seats not used for fan safety, capacity is in the 60,000 range.
[NASCAR Senior VP Ben] Kennedy is looking bigger. He talked Friday of an International aspect. While NASCAR has racing series in Europe, Mexico and Canada, racing inside a stadium opens more possibilities worldwide.
“You think about some of the new markets for our existing international series and then expanding into others with a handful of existing road courses that you could go to out there,” Kennedy said. “Not a ton of short tracks.
“We have a ton of soccer stadiums. We’ve talked about this for a number of years of building a temporary track inside of it. We haven’t had the chance to do it internationally yet.”
“I think as far as stadiums and this kind of idea of a temporary venue goes, I don’t know that we would see a ton on the schedule. There might be one or two. This is going to be a really good testing ground for us, and I think Sunday will really tell us a lot.”
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