You might be familiar with Dover Inter Speedway, a tri-oval racing facility located in Delaware. It is the site of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship every year and has been the home of many memorable moments in sports history.
Dover Inter Speedway actually consists of two different tracks; the main tri-oval and the smaller, temporary oval used for the National Football League’s (NFL) Delaware Chiefs home games. The temporary track is located just south of the main tri-oval and holds around 10,000 spectators. It is mostly used for training purposes and is about 450 feet shorter than the main track. The question is; how close do you park to Dover Inter Speedway?
There is no precise answer to this question because there is no precise metric for determining how far a car should be parked from a sports venue. You will usually hear stadium parking attendants giving you general advice such as ‘as far as you can’ or ‘as close as possible’ while you are driving. However, following those tips can compromise your safety.
Look For Spots
The best advice is to find a clear view of the track and study the layout. You should also look for parking spots that are close to the entrance or exit gates. This will help you avoid the long walks and saves you from potentially missing some of the action because you couldn’t find a space.
Parking spots are usually clearly marked and there should be some space for you to change your wheel when you are done. Finding a spot near the track is quite difficult unless you get there early and take your chances. It is best to find a parking garage a few miles away from the facility and then walk or ride the trolley to the track. Of course, this depends on how long you will be at the track.
Keep Your Distance
Apart from finding a parking spot, the next step is to find a place to sit and watch the action. There are a variety of seating options at a sports venue including standing, covered, and open-air. You should sit down as far away from the track as possible so that you do not obstruct the view of other patrons or interfere with the action on the track. Standing is usually the best option as long as the game does not get underway for another half hour or more.
Getting closer to the track than what is recommended can also pose a threat to your safety. The fence surrounding the track will act as a shield between you and the racing gears and it is best to keep your distance especially when there is heavy traffic. You will not be able to see the entire track if you are closer than what is recommended.
If you are at a formal place of worship or at a social event other than a sports venue, you should wear comfortable but appropriate clothes. This means no jeans, shorts, or t-shirts with hoods and no sleeveless or low-waisted shirts for women. You should also wear shoes that are appropriate for the occassion (i.e. dress shoes for a wedding, sneakers for a game).
The venue you are attending might also have specific dress codes depending on the event or whether you are there as a customer or member. For instance, at a NASCAR race, you will have to wear gray, form-fitting pants and a long-sleeved t-shirt. For football games, you will have to wear a collared shirt and slacks. At a concert, you will need to wear jeans and a t-shirt. Finally, at a classical music concert, you will need to wear a tie and a jacket.
If you are unsure of what to wear for a specific event, ask the venue’s management or the event’s hosts.
Be Prepared For Changes
One of the biggest annoyances that can crop up at a sports venue is traffic jams. During a time when the game is paused, you will find plenty of time to study the map and search for the best parking spot. Unfortunately, when the action resumes, you will have to find a different spot and walk or ride to your seat (if you are close enough to the venue).
Traffic jams are common especially around the stadium during game days and can be a pain after the game has ended. If you have a choice, you should park in a nearby garage before the game and then walk or ride to your seat. On the other hand, if you are staying overnight at a hotel, find out if there is a gym and if so, use it.
Try Going Early
If you are going to a game, the best time to arrive is twenty minutes before the start of the game. This will give you enough time to find a good parking spot and get to your seat without having to worry about traffic jams.
It is also possible to get a good seat by going during the game. However, you will have to keep an eye out for traffic and decide whether it is better to sit down or stand up during the game. Standing will give you a better view than sitting and will not obstruct the action. If you decide to stand during the game, you will need to use either foldable or temporary seats.
Take Your Time
If you find that every other parking spot at a garage has already been taken, there is still hope for you. Simply find another garage and try again. It is better to find a place a few miles away from the stadium and then walk or ride there than to speed there in your car. This will help you avoid traffic and save you a lot of time.
If you have been following the advice laid out in this article, you will have found a good place to park and will not have to worry about missing any of the action at the track. You will also have experienced fewer disturbances because you did not park next to a highway or an airport.