How Big Is The Daytona Speedway Track? [Facts!]

You may have seen footage of the 2019 Daytona 500 where cars were going more than 200mph. That’s insane! But, don’t get me wrong, I love slow jams and amped-up dirt bikes as much as the next guy; it’s just that we live in a world full of differences and one day, you have to decide what’s important to you.

The answer to the question above will paint a clearer picture of whether or not you should make the trip to Daytona this coming winter. We’re going to explore the various dimensions of the Daytona Speedway track and how much it measures in acres, yards, and feet so that you can get a general idea of how big the racetrack actually is.

The Track Is Big

The Daytona 500 is the opening round of the NASCAR season and is also one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. As a consequence, lots of people travel from all over the place to see it live – including a lot of reporters who want to cover it live. For those people, the Speedway is a Mecca, a place where they can track the latest news, views, and happenings as the season unfolds. A good portion of the season will be filmed there too, so the place is very much a hub of activity throughout the year.

It’s been a long time since NASCAR had a season opener outside of the USA, given that most of its fans live north of the Mason-Dixon Line. That makes this year’s race a bit of a homecoming gig for the sport. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones too.

As a result, the Daytona Speedway track will be packed throughout the whole season. There will be a reason for this: it’s big! The track is massive in size and it takes a while to make your way around it in a complete lap. There are a number of turns and unique roadways that you can drive down, meaning there is plenty of room to explore the whole thing even if you don’t have all day.

The Track Is Big Meets Small

If you want to put a face on how big the track is, compare it to a football field. The length of the field is identical to that of the speedway, although the shape of the track is a tad different. The stands are also similar in size to a football stadium too, so you’ll have lots of company when you venture down to the track to watch the race.

To give you an idea of how big this year’s race is, here are a few stats to chew on:

  • The track officially measures 5.5 miles long and it takes 3.5 hours to go the whole length of it (including one pit stop).
  • The capacity of the track is 75,000. If you want to get a good view of the entire thing, you should arrive early or use the cheap seats.
  • There are 288 turns and 24 intersections along the way. That’s a lot of changing scenery for the driver’s to take in.
  • There are 36 terraces that you can watch the race from. If you can’t make it to the end, you can at least catch the end of the race from one of these terraces.
  • The starting line and the finish line stretch for 3.25 miles and there are 14 different camera angles where you can get a good look at the action.

How Big Is A Football Field?

If you’ve never been to a football game or seen one on TV, then you have no idea how big a football field is. A lot of people measure the distance from the 20 yard line to the 50 yard line, but I prefer to look at it from the point where the ball is kicked off. At that point, the field will be 120 yards long, not counting the end zones that are 30 yards in length. So, to give you an idea of how big a football field is, here are a few stats to chew on:

  • A football field is 70 yards long and has a width of 60 yards. If you want to put a face on how big the field is, compare it to a standard NASCAR track. With the exception of the infield, the stands are on the same level as the grandstands.
  • There are some seats that you can get for as low as $15 and VIP suites that sell for up to $50,000.
  • The end zones are painted yellow so that the officials can easily spot where the ball is kicked off from. If you want to see a NFL game from an unusual perspective, then you should check out one of the end zone seats. The view is great and you’ll feel like you’re part of the game.
  • Games are usually held on Friday and Saturday nights, with some exceptions.

Football Is Big, But So Is Baseball

While we’re on the subject of sports, let’s talk about a game that you might know better, the American sport of baseball. Just like NASCAR, baseball is another sport that is gaining popularity globally. For my money, baseball is the ultimate sport because it combines skill with physical effort in a way that is satisfying to the mind as well as the body. Its slow-paced nature makes it a perfect spectator sport too.

To put a face on how big a baseball field is, here are a few stats to chew on:

  • A baseball field is 72 yards long and has a width of 60 yards. This gives it a total running surface of 132 yards. The stands are similar in shape to that of a football field too.
  • The capacity of baseball stadiums range from 14,000 to 18,000. If you want a good view of the game, then get a section in the front row. You’ll also get the best seat in the house.
  • There are 16 official bases, one of which is a pitcher’s mound. A stadium tour is a great way to learn more about this amazing game.
  • Games are usually held on Saturday afternoons, with some exceptions.

Now Do You Feel Small?

If you’ve ever been to a circus before, then you know what kind of event it is that I’m talking about. If not, then let me remind you: it’s when grown men and women in colorful costumes perform feats of strength and dexterity for your entertainment. Although there’s nothing quite like sticking your eyeballs in a pair of brightly colored clown pants to really put you in the mood for some circus antics.

Whether or not you’ve been to a circus, you have most likely walked past one on your way to the grocery store or to pick up a movie – those big blue palaces that house the freaks and the clowns. If you’re from north of the Mason-Dixon Line, then you’re most likely familiar with the big top tents too. They’re the ones with thick metal frames that are pitched on the grass to create an open, airy environment that’s perfect for watching some circus performers. What you might not know is that the whole event is less than a mile long, making it a rather short walk from one place to another.

For those of you who feel a tad underdressed with only your car coat and your Rolex watch, you might want to consider heading to the nearest circus in the coming months. You’ll have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some real magic and make some real-life friends along the way.

So, how big is the Daytona Speedway? From a strictly geographical standpoint, the track is actually quite small. Its overall size is a bit over 2 miles. To put this in perspective, a six-minute mile is considered fast and a sprint to the finish line is considered a quick race. When compared to other NASCAR tracks, the difference is even more pronounced. For example, the track at Talladega Superspeedway is six miles long and it takes three and a half hours to complete a single lap. As a result, you’ll be able to see the whole track in just under 10 minutes. This is also one of the reasons why the Daytona 500 is such a big deal. There are so many turns and unique roadways that you can explore even if you don’t have all day.

Despite its small size in terms of miles, the Daytona Speedway holds a special place in my heart. This is because the track is home to one of the most enduring and iconic sporting events in the world. Whether or not you’ve been there, I hope that you’ll consider going in the future. You’ll have the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones too.

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