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Home Depot is going to get the same number of eyeballs whether a race
is run at The Rock or California. However, the gate from a 150,000
strong crowd is 2 1/2 times that of a 60,000 crowd. Multiply that by
an average $50 ticket - that's $450,000 right there (plus concessions
and souvenirs). Very important numbers for the track owner.
Ding Ding Ding... Someone who finally gets it.
Any fan old or new who understands this cold hard business fact clearly sees
that tracks that don't fill the seats or can't provide the modern
accommodations that fans have come to expect will loose their dates to more
modern facilities regardless of how good the racing is. It's happened in
every major league sport. As the current stadium ages the desire for a
larger modern stadium grows regardless of the tradition or location. The
change inevitably alienates certain fan segments, however, owners are
willing to take that chance understanding that in the long run the alienated
fans will be replaced with new fans. And don't tell me a football stadium
or a ball park isn't the same as a track. All you need to do is ask folks
who grew up going to RFK Stadium to see the Redskins about the new stadium
and you'll hear many of the same bitches that you hear about the loss of
As one of those old fans referred to in this article, I'm disappointed that
we are losing short tracks. I can't stand the same old cookie cuter tracks
(although they all have their unique characteristics). I hope the next new
track will be a mix of Bristol and Richmond but I'm not holding my breath.
I'm pissed at what it cost me to go to Atlanta this year, but alas what am I
to do? Quit watching? The reality is there is some one right there to
replace me so what good does that do.
The cold hard fact is the sport is changing whether us old fans like it or
not. The choice is clear, change with the sport or quit watching. Does
this mean we shouldn't voice our opinions as fans? Of course not but its
time to channel those complaints in the right direction and with the right
understanding of the issues. It's pointless to bitch about the loss of
Rockingham if the stands aren't full. It's also pointless to bitch about
"NASCAR doesn't care about the fans" if most major tracks continue to fill
the stands and the TV revenue continues to grow. Register you concerns and
complaints with NASCAR Daytona (Corporate) and NewYork (Marketing), NBC,
Fox, and all the sponsors, and then move on.
Lastly, for this old fan the venue is the least of my issues. The rule
changes and frankly the TV coverage piss me off more then anything going on
in the sport. I absolutely hate the MTV style camera coverage. (has anyone
noticed that we've lost the front stretch camera in favor of the Pocono
style turn one camera?) Stick to maybe 3 main cameras and use the rest for
replays. And STOP mucking with the rules. This latest round reminds me of
someone who's fallen into a quicksand trap, the more they struggle to make
the rules work the more they sink into the trap.
Q: "What did the redneck say right before he died?"
A: "Hey ya'all watch this!!"