While more than 90 percent of fans kept their season tickets, the renewal rates were down significantly for corporations, which had accounted for roughly 20% of grandstand sales in the past.
That means several thousand individual tickets were put back in circulation for paying fans.
"There'll be a whole lot of new people here because when corporations returned tickets they went into the hands of fans, and that's not a bad thing," said Jeff Byrd, track president.
"It's companies cutting back in a difficult economy," says Byrd, adding that corporate hospitality sales were off a little bit but Bristol's 197 skyboxes remained full. "We put those tickets on sale for fans and tried to add as much value as possible."
Byrd says less than 1 percent of tickets remain. He anticipates announcing a sellout, possibly as early as Thursday.
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