Daytona 500: 5 Tips if You’re Heading to the Speedway this Weekend

We all enjoyed watching Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose tell us what it was like to experience their first Daytona 500 in an intimate video interview released by NASCAR on Monday.  And it’s not just the drivers, pretty much anyone who’s been to the Daytona 500 can remember their first experience at the race.  Here at TicketCity, we’ve pulled together a short list of the top 5 things you need to know before heading to the race Sunday based on our own first-time experiences:

  1. Bring a cooler- The speedway allows one soft side bag or cooler, so feel free to bring your own refreshments. Just remember- the cooler can be no larger than 14 X 14 X 14 inches.
  2. Plan for the Florida sunshine- The weekend weather forecast indicates there may be some cloud relief this weekend, but Florida weather is unpredictable so bring the sunscreen just in case (note: umbrellas aren’t allowed into the event).
  3. Take care of your hearing- Who doesn’t love the sound of horsepower monsters and screaming fans? Still, it’s important to remember that a NASCAR race car at full throttle measures approximately 130 dB- 15 dBs over what is considered safe to listen to for just 15 minutes. Since earplugs cost less than a dollar, it’s a worthy investment to protect your hearing.
  4. Get a seat cushion- At Daytona, it’s all bleacher-style seating. Bring a seat cushion — your rump will thank you.
  5. Check out some of the local watering holes- For pre-race eats, the Brickyard Lounge is located only a mile from the Speedway so you’ll never have to worry that you’ll miss the starting flag. If you’re looking to wet your whistle after the race, The Arena is a sports fan’s paradise, with 15 HD projectors located around the restaurant.

iStock_000005994756MediumIf just reading this list makes you want to go to the race for the first (or fifth!) time, tickets are still available for as low as $85 just days before the race at And if you’ve already attending the race, we’d love to hear any other tips you may have!


Austin’s Newest Concert Venue: Tower Amphitheater

Tower Amphitheater, Austin’s newest concert venue, has the potential to significantly shake-up the music scene in the live music capital of the world.  Despite its nearly 200 live music venues, some mid-to-large bands may have previously bypassed Austin because there wasn’t a dedicated 12,000+ capacity venue to play.  As the largest outdoor entertainment venue in Central Texas, Tower Amphitheater is sure to mean more major, nationally-touring events coming through town.  Based on the opening season lineup, which includes county music’s #1 ticket seller Kenny Chesney and recently announced performances from Jimmy Buffet and The Lumineers, Tower Amphitheater is on track to draw an impressive list of shows in 2013.

Tower Amphitheater is situated within Circuit of The Americas’ 1,300-acre sports and entertainment complex.  Circuit of The Americas’ is the first motor racing circuit in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One, which it hosted in November 2012.  The amphitheater is located underneath a 220-foot tall observation tower, with views of downtown Austin. The open-air venue includes best practices and design elements from iconic outdoor venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, and Live Nation’s massively successful Woodlands Pavilion.

Expected to host 15-20 shows during its inaugural year, tickets are currently available for Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and The Avett Brothers. Tickets for The Lumineers and Jimmy Buffet will be available for purchase starting this weekend, February 15th and 16th, respectively.

Where to sit
Tower Amphitheater - Seating Chart

General admission lawn seats are the least expensive ticket in the house, situated behind the reserved seating areas.  But be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair that sits directly on the ground as chairs with legs won’t be permitted inside the park.  If you want to be closest to the action, GA Pit tickets are the way to go for Zac Brown Band or The Avett Brothers.  While GA pit tickets are not available for Kenny Chesney, a limited number of premium floor seats will get you closest to the stage (known as the “golden circle”).

Where to eat

In addition to hot dog and burger stands typically available at event venues, Tower Amphitheater will also offer local vendors including Salt Lick BBQ and Gatti’s Pizza.  Concessions are available on both sides of the stage and throughout the Grand Plaza.

Where to park

Buy parking in advance.  Not only will you be able to get into the show faster, but you’re more likely to get a spot closer to the venue entry (and at a discounted rate).

When to arrive

Gate open times vary based on the event. For most shows, the main entrance gates to the Grand Plaza will open two hours before the show time and the interior gates to the amphitheater seating area will open one hour after that. If you’re planning on attending the upcoming Kenny Chesney show, don’t forget to arrive early for the pre-show tailgate party featuring a buffet of Kenny’s favorite food, drinks, and music starting at 5 PM.

Tips from TicketCity: The Big Game in Dallas

If you live in either Texas or Oklahoma, chances are you’re well aware that there’s a big game coming up in Dallas this weekend. The folks here at TicketCity have frequented this fine event many a time, and have learned some tricks of the trade along the way. Watch the video below to hear what the TicketCity team has to say about one of the year’s biggest rivalry games.

Have some more helpful hints or favorite attractions? Feel free to leave a comment–we’d love to hear ‘em!

2010 Music City Bowl Seating Chart

Here’s the map for 2010 Music City Bowl, updated to show which side North Carlolina and Tennessee sidelines are on. The game will be played on Thursday December 30, 2010 at 5:40PM.

Music City Bowl Seating Chart

2010 Texas Bowl Seating Chart

Here’s the map for 2010 Texas Bowl, updated to show which side Baylor and Illinois sidelines are on. The game will be played on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at  5:00PM.

Texas Bowl Seating Chart