Feb 24, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; A general view of the crowd in the infield as the Zac Brown Band performs before the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Daytona International Speedway Wants to Host NFL, NCAA Football Games

Currently undergoing a $400 million dollar renovation which broke ground yesterday, Daytona International Speedway is expected to look more like a football stadium than a racetrack when the refurbishment is completed. So it only makes sense that Daytona International Speedway host some NFL and NCAA football games, right?

Wait, what?

Yep – that’s right. According to the Associated Press, track president Joie Chitwood III says he not only wants to lure the NFL and NCAA to play football games at the newly renovated venue, but also international soccer and rugby matches.

Per the AP:

Track president Joie Chitwood III says he would like to lure football, soccer and rugby games to the famed speedway following its $400 million redesign. Florida, Florida State or even the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be potential candidates to play there.

The track broke ground on the three-year redesign Friday. The project is scheduled to be completed by January 2016.

When it’s done, Daytona’s aging grandstands will have a modern look and feel. There will be wider and more comfortable seating, improved concessions and countless big-screen televisions that will keep fans abreast of the action even when they step away from the stands.

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