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NASCAR: Here’s How Much It Will Cost to Build a Track in the L.A. Coliseum

by Chris Haney
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Following the announcement that NASCAR will race inside of the L.A. Coliseum for the first time ever, several sources have reported how much it will cost to build a temporary race track inside of the stadium.

“The Clash” is NASCAR’s pre-season exhibition race that opens up each new season. Typically, it is held at Daytona International Speedway, but organizers got creative for 2022. They’re bringing NASCAR inside the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first race of its kind, and it won’t be cheap. According to FOX News, the temporary asphalt track will be built on top of the Coliseum’s football field. The track itself will cost NASCAR an estimated $1 million or more.

Construction of what will be a quarter-mile track will begin this week. The pavement is planned to span the length of the infield inside of the L.A. Coliseum. The temporary track will play host to multiple qualifying and heat races in addition to the main event – the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. The weekend festivities to kick off the NASCAR season will be held Feb. 6-7.

While the $1 million price tag may seem steep, it’s not unheard of. In comparison, Bristol Motor Speedway spent double that to convert their asphalt track into a dirt surface this past spring. With a 78,000-seat capacity in the Coliseum, and tickets going for $65 to $866, NASCAR could make up the costs in their entirety.

However, that won’t be the main priority of the event. The L.A. Coliseum race is a unique opportunity to showcase NASCAR in Hollywood and hopefully garner interest in the new season on a national scale. Additionally, rapper Pitbull, who is a part-owner of the Trackhouse Racing Team, will perform a 45-minute concert at the event.

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In mid-September, NASCAR officials revealed that the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would welcome the sport’s pre-season exhibition “The Clash.” Since 1979, Daytona has been the home of the event as mentioned. Yet NASCAR couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put a spotlight on their stock cars when they head to Hollywood in February.

The L.A. Coliseum is best known as the home football stadium of the University of Southern California Trojans. Further, it played host to two Summer Olympics, and has one more on the way in 2028. It also hosted several championship games, including two Super Bowls (I, VII) and the 1959 World Series.

NASCAR exec Ben Kennedy shared a statement about the race following the announcement a few months back.

“Los Angeles is synonymous with major sports and entertainment events. So we seized an innovative opportunity to showcase NASCAR at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,” Kennedy explained. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to take center stage in this market as we get our 2022 season underway.”