Darlington Raceway to Offer New 'Too Tough To Tailgate Zone'
DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 23, 2012) – Tailgating is a big part of the culture that race fans enjoy each and every time they visit Darlington Raceway.
To accommodate the ever-growing demand for tailgating prior to the track’s events, the raceway is offering a new area outside turn two, the Too Tough to Tailgate Zone, specific for fans who are tailgating prior to the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday, May 12.
For $50 per spot, fans will receive a 20x20 space in the Tailgate Zone, big enough to accommodate one passenger vehicle, a pop-up tent, tables, chairs and a grill. There are no limitations to how many guests can tailgate at the space. Admission to the Bojangles’ Southern 500 is not included in the price. Tickets to the race must be purchased when you order your tailgating spot in order to obtain admission.
The Too Tough to Tailgate Zone will open at 9 a.m. on race day (Saturday only) and close when the race begins at approximately 7 p.m. The Tailgate Zone, located outside of turn two, can be accessed through Gate 1 off of Harry Byrd Highway (US 151).
Raceway president Chris Browning is excited about the tailgate area and wants to thank the fans personally who took the time to vote on the name via Facebook and Twitter.
“The Too Tough to Tailgate Zone name was voted on by the fans so thank you to everyone who participated via Facebook and Twitter to choose a fitting name for the area,” Browning said. “We enjoy engaging fans socially and asking them to help us with initiatives like this. It is their area to enjoy, so it’s fitting that they chose the name for it.”
Additionally, the Darlington Raceway ticket office hours are changing to accommodate race fans that might not be able to purchase their tickets during normal business hours. From now until the race weekend, the ticket office will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The ticket office will also be open on Good Friday, April 6, and then be open seven-days-a-week beginning the day after Easter on Monday, April 9. Besides the normal 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday schedule, the hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.
“We recognize that it can be difficult for fans to come in during normal business hours so we felt that extending our hours to 6 p.m. on weekdays and opening on weekends beginning April 9 would be beneficial for our local community members, who have not yet purchased tickets to the race,” Darlington ticket manager Vicki Gilbert said. “It’s always nice when you can come into the ticket office and get that person-to-person interaction.”
Tickets to the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 can still be purchased anytime at DarlingtonRaceway.com.
Darlington Raceway, or the track Too Tough To Tame, as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12, 2012, NASCAR’s biggest stars return to battle the track Too Tough To Tame in the Sprint Cup Series Bojangles Southern 500® and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200.You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.