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NASCAR: Atlanta Motor Speedway To Be At Full Capacity for July Race

by Quentin Blount
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NASCAR fans rejoice — Atlanta Motor Speedway will be operating at full capacity for the NASCAR Quaker State 400.

That’s right, AMS will open its grandstands to full capacity on the weekend of July 10-11. The Quaker State 400 marks the first July race at AMS in 47 years. And not only that, but it will also be the first race that will allow a full-capacity audience since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The track made the official announcement on Friday morning. AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison reported the news in a statement.

“As we’ve seen millions across Georgia and the Southeast get vaccinated, public-health restrictions have eased,” Hutchison said. “And that gives us the green flag to take a big step towards welcoming more people to enjoy race weekend.”

“…Needless to say, we can’t wait to have thousands of fans join us for some thrilling NASCAR action this summer.”

Officials for Atlanta Motor Speedway say that the facility will continue to utilize all of the health and safety protocols at their disposal. It’s clear that they want the fans attending the event to be as safe as possible, especially with the extra amount of people that will be there. Fans will have expanded access to hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations. In addition, the event will feature cashless payments, mobile ticketing, and the “clear-bag” policy to help limit contact between fans and the working staff.

NASCAR Stadium Not the First Event to Go to Full Capacity

Atlanta Motor Speedway will be doing its best come July to move back to full capacity. And they plan to do so in the safest way possible. Officials say that they will follow state and local health guidelines to be determined for the month of July regarding their mask and social-distancing recommendations.

However, Atlanta Motor Speedway is not the first venue to make the move back to full capacity. Just earlier this week, several of the Atlanta professional sports teams released similar news. The Braves, Atlanta United, and the Falcons all announced that they would open their stadiums to 100-percent capacity. Up until that announcement, the Truist Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium have only allowed a limited number of fans since the start of their respective seasons.

Meanwhile, back in March, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. However, they only allowed limited attendance because of COVID-19.

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