Ground was broken today on a three-year project that will redesign Daytona International Speedway.
When it’s done, the venue could be configured to host something other than car races. And, according to the Associated Press, facility president Joie Chitwood III says he’s like to bring football, soccer, and rugby to Daytona after the $400 million upgrade has concluded.
Mark Long of the AP speculates that even NFL games could be played there, specifically mentioning the Jaguars and the Buccaneers as candidates.
The aspiration to play football there makes sense. An article published earlier this year by SportsBusiness Journal explained that the finished product will look more like an NFL stadium than a racetrack.
Unless one of the Florida teams is willing to give up home games to create a more regional footprint, it’s hard to imagine any NFL teams playing there.