Do you ever wonder where the Daytona 500 is held each year? Do you ever wonder where in America the race is held? You’re probably thinking, “It must be in one of the grand old American stadiums,” but you’d be surprised by how many famous stadiums the Daytona 500 hasn’t called home yet.
Here’s a short list of some of the more prominent locations that the Daytona 500 has visited over the years:
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Daytona 500, and the legendary race will be hosted at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The stadium, which is owned by the City of Arlington, is one of the most recognizable buildings in North Texas. It mainly hosts football and baseball games, but is also used for concerts and other special events. There are a lot of iconic images from the 2017 Daytona 500, and none more famous than that of Ricky Jackson racing towards the finish line with a motorcycle policeman right behind him.
The year is 1988, and the New York Giants are on the brink of an historic 22nd victory in a row, a season that would last until 1992. The game is tied 14-14 with just a few seconds remaining on the clock. The fans inside the stadium are going crazy, and the players that are still on the field are looking towards the east end zone to see if the Giants have another one in the tank. The officials from the New York State Athletic Commission have a dilemma on their hands as well: Do they let the Giants win their 22nd straight game, or do they stop the clock and prevent them from gaining an unfair advantage? They decide to go with the latter, and so the clock stops for the 22nd and final time.
In a flash, quarterback Joe Namath leaps into the arms of receiver Al Toon and the ground opens up beneath their feet. Namath throws a spiral toward the end zone, and it catches the attention of the entire stadium. The rest is history, as the Giants win their third Super Bowl in a row.
The Pontiac Silverdome
The 1976 NFL season was the last before the merger that would create the NFL North and the NFC. The Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions were two of the founding members of the NFC, and the Bears were looking for a change of venue after playing their home games at the dilapidated Soldier Field. The New York Jets traveled to Chicago in the final week of the season to play the Bears on Monday Night Football. The Silverdome, which was then the home of the Detroit Lions, was the first indoor/outdoor stadium built in the United States. The indoor portion is able to accommodate 17,000 fans, while the outdoor portion has another 10,000 fans sitting in lawn chairs or on the grass. The Silverdome is a legendary venue, as the Detroit Lions are the only team to have played there. The last game was on November 25, 2016.
The San Francisco 49ers are heading to their third straight Super Bowl, and they’ll be looking to close out the season with a bang. The game is tied with just a few seconds remaining on the clock, and the stadium is filled with roaring fans. Many experts believe that the team was going to lose this game no matter what, as the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the most dominant teams of all time. The only thing that the 49ers have going for them is the roar of the crowd and the fact that it’s football season. On this particular Monday night, the only thing that the fans want to see is a game that’ll keep them entertained until the end.
In a perfect world with no time management issues, John Madden calls the play, Joe Montana throws the ball, and the 49ers pull off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Heavenly Hills Golf Club
This year’s edition of the Daytona 500 is scheduled for March 5, and the whole world is going crazy with anticipation. The purse for the race is an incredible $60 million, and the winner’s share is a cool $12.5 million. Tickets for the event have been on sale for months, and the demand is high. The atmosphere at the track has been described as electric, and it’ll be fascinating to see how a game that started in a little town in Florida becomes such a big deal.
The race will be broadcasted in high definition with thousands of seats available for fans to watch the action live. There are so many storylines surrounding this year’s race, and the excitement is palpable. The fans are definitely in for a treat, as the 2018 Daytona 500 will be a race for the ages.
Sun Life Stadium
The Miami Dolphins played their first game at the brand new Sun Life Stadium in 2009, and although they haven’t hosted the Daytona 500 since 2015, it’s still one of the team’s favorite venues. The stadium mostly hosts the Miami Heat, as well as various other sporting events and concerts, but it’s also the home of the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have had quite the journey since they began playing in the NFL in 1993. The team has won just one playoff game, and they’ll be looking to change that this year.
There are a lot of reasons why the Dolphins love playing at Sun Life Stadium. For one, the atmosphere is electric, as 14,000 spectators are able to attend the game. In 2018, the Dolphins will be looking to end their seven-year losing streak and recapture the glory days of the franchise.
The home of the Florida State University Seminoles is also one of the venues where the Daytona 500 is held each year. Nicknamed “The Cathedral of Football,” Tropicana Field is the largest stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the third-largest in the state of Florida. The game has sold out every home game so far this year.
This year’s edition of the Daytona 500 is set to be one of the most exciting races ever. The hype is already building, and it’ll be fascinating to see how a small Florida town turns into a sea of orange and blue during such a memorable sporting event.