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Daytona Speedway Reportedly Could Host a College Football Game

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 06:  A general view of race action during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 8, 2013

Daytona Speedway, the home of the Daytona 500 and various other races, could become a venue that hosts college football games, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press (h/t Ben Kercheval of College Football Talk).

Currently the home to the Daytona 500 and various other races, Daytona has made its mark over the years as one of the most popular places to race. The Daytona 500 is often referred to as the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing."

So why not remove the speedy race cars and replace them with high-class athletes?

Capacity isn't a problem. The speedway already holds more than 100,000 people. There are only six college football stadiums that can say the same. The problem is getting everybody to actually see the game without having to bring a pair of binoculars.

Daytona Speedway is an enormously wide venue that gives folks a great view when cars are passing by. A smaller football field doesn't need all the room that Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart do. That could make a lot of the seats useless for a college football game if everybody is hoping to see the action up close.

According to the report, the speedway is undergoing a large renovation that won't be completed until 2016. The changes include better seating. The completion date also allows time to figure out how to make this racing facility suitable for college football.

The games would reportedly be played on the infield grass in front of the start-finish line. Some of these speedy receivers and running backs would feel right at home.

The AP reports that track president Joie Chitwood III has mentioned Florida and Florida State as possible candidates to play at the speedway. With the track's proximity to both campuses, filling up the seats wouldn't be a problem.

Having already seen basketball games on aircraft carriers and football games on baseball fields, this is all part of taking that next step and thinking outside the box.

 

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