Sporting events all over the globe react to the coronavirus
This weekend, NASCAR returns to Hampton, GA near the highly populated Atlanta area. Atlanta Motor Speedway is set for a triple-header stock car racing weekend.
Moments ago, Indycar announced that their race in St. Pete has closed admission.
The Atlanta NASCAR track has a seating capacity between 71,000-125,000. They won’t use any of them this weekend.
The coronavirus has canceled or postponed large gatherings all over the world, sporting events have been hit hard by the spread of the virus.
The NBA recently postponed their entire season. The NCAA final four will be held without fans. F1 teams have pulled out of events and later this month, the sport of F1 will run a race with fans banned from entry to the track.
The coronavirus hasn’t gone ignored by the stock car racing world. Earlier this week, NASCAR released a note of new guidelines and policies related to the virus. You can read about that below.
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Now, NASCAR has taken a step further. This weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as the event at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be held without fans in attendance.
Atlanta Motor Speedway will host NASCAR this weekend between March 13-15, 2020. Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled to host events between March 20-22, 2020.
NASCAR Statement on coronavirus as fans banned from Atlanta and Homestead
“At this time, NASCAR will hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans in attendance. These events will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events.”