Daytona International Speedway hoping to host football games


The 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway could soon be hosting football games as part of a $400 million renovation project.

This is not the first fans have heard about college football games at the site of the Great American Race, the Daytona 500. In January reports first surfaced that the track hoped to see football games played there.

Similarly Bristol Motor Speedway will host a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 10, 2016. Estimates have upwards of 160,000 fans attending that contest.

While Daytona’s aim seems to be college football there is a chance that the track could host a preseason game featuring the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We’ve not had a formal discussion with the Jags here but we’ve got some great relationships,” track president Joie Chitwood said. “I know Mark Lamping, their president, and we’ve done some nice things where he’s participated in some sports conferences in Daytona. I’ve come up and visited some games with those guys. There’s always an opportunity.”