How Much Do NASCAR Tickets Cost?
NASCAR is a popular pastime for many sports fans in the American South and beyond, but how much do tickets for a NASCAR race cost? Like other stock car races around the world, NASCAR events draw in large crowds due to the unmatchable excitement of watching fast cars race loudly around the track. In fact, NASCAR itself is undoubtedly the most lucrative and popular stock car franchise in the world. With that in mind, it makes sense that NASCAR tickets would be the most sought-after of all racing tickets. Here is a breakdown of how much they cost.
Average Cost of NASCAR Tickets
NASCAR Cup Races are run in dozens of locations throughout the year, with upwards of 30 races being scheduled each season, running weekly from February to August. Depending upon the size of the race and its location, NASCAR tickets can range from relatively inexpensive, to moderately expensive, to even quite expensive. In general, the average cost for a ticket to attend a NASCAR Cup Race will range from $30 to $120. Races in the Xfinity Series will generally sell for $25 to $50.
As one ventures into the more prominent NASCAR races, tickets will begin to rise to more expensive levels. In general, a good seat at most of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Races will cost anywhere from $100 to $150, but for very important races, these costs can rise to over $1,000, and occasionally even to prices as high as $5,000 or more.
NASCAR Tickets by Seating Area
As with other stadium sports, NASCAR tickets will cost different amounts depending upon where you are sitting. Somewhat unintuitively, NASCAR tickets actually tend to cost more the higher one sits in the stadium, as opposed to other sports like football or basketball. This is because higher seats in NASCAR actually afford better views than other sports, in large part because viewers can see the entire racetrack more easily. However, for those who enjoy NASCAR for the sound and feel of the cars racing by, a lower-level seat may be a great option, in addition to being cheaper. Lower seats in a NASCAR race do, however, come with a slight increase in danger due to the potential of a car crash impacting the protective fencing near the seats. However, this is very rare, and recent improvements in fencing technology have made dangerous crashes like these even more uncommon than they already were. In general, NASCAR seats will cost more if they are located closer to the starting/finishing line of the racetrack.
The Daytona 500
Without a doubt, the most-prized tickets in all of NASCAR are tickets to the biggest race in the sport, the Daytona 500, which serves as the kickoff to the NASCAR racing season. Held every February at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500-mile-long NASCAR Race that is widely considered the most exclusive and important race in the sport. For years, the Daytona 500 has drawn in thousands of loyal fans, and as such, tickets for the event are highly sought-after.
Starting prices for tickets to the Daytona 500 generally exist around $100 to $110 for tickets at the low end, with the average cost of a ticket to the race coming in at $209. However, because attendance at the event often includes travel and other accommodations, many sites offer ticket packages to the race that include hotel rooms, travel to the race, and other accessories such as food and souvenirs. These ticket packages can range in price from $700 per person to as high as $2220 per person, depending upon the perks involved. Lower-priced packages offer fans one-day access to the University of Northern Ohio (UNOH) FanZone, which offers fans the ability to meet famous drivers and see the participating race cars prepare for the big race. More expensive packages will offer longer stays, greater access to fan events, and even food plans.
With relatively low ticket prices, NASCAR is one of the most accessible professional sports today, with a number of options available to fans who want to see an exciting race without spending too much money. While all NASCAR races offer the same visual excitement, some fans may also be willing to spend more money to attend more important races and access fan events that make the NASCAR experience more memorable.