Pocono Raceway CEO Brandon Igdalsky issued a written statement today to further explain the track’s new policy restricting the ability of fans to exit and re-enter the speedway.
Pocono’s Fan Fair – an area that includes merchandise vendors, hospitality chalets, special events and driver appearances throughout race weekend – has been designated a ticketed area for 2015. Fans will be required to hold race tickets, camping or RV guest passes to enter the Fan Fair on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday admission restricted to Sprint Cup Series ticket holders. In addition, fans’ ability to exit and re-enter the facility will now be restricted for the first time.
In his statement today, Igdalsky cited the speedway’s updated policy, which reads in part, “For the safety and security of our fans, re-entry back into Pocono Raceway is restricted.
“The key word to understand here is restricted,” said Igdalsky. “This is not a zero-tolerance policy.
“There will be situations and circumstances which will arise which will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Gate Supervisors. If you have a situation during race weekend where you need to exit the ticketed areas, our friendly Gate Supervisors will be there to discuss it with you.
“We know many questions and circumstance will arise and, again, this is why the language of the updated re-entry policy says “restricted” and not “prohibited.” We will be handling every situation on a case-by-case basis.”
Igdalsky said the new policy comes after a series of meetings with the United States Department of Homeland Security and other local and national agencies.
“Their insight and suggestions lead to us instituting an update to our existing re-entry policy,” he said. “Although there is no imminent threat to Pocono Raceway, given the times we live in and the fact so many individuals attend our outdoor sporting events, this policy has been updated to ensure all fans will be safe.”
Virtually all major professional sports -- NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA – restrict fans’ ability to exit and re-enter their facilities. Most major college sports conferences exercise similar policies. Pocono Raceway is believed to be the first NASCAR venue to implement such a policy.
“This policy is not meant to penalize you, our fan,” Igdalsky said. “Rather, it is meant to provide you a safe environment to enjoy the great racing action and the whole Pocono Experience. We firmly believe this policy update will not hurt your experience at our venue. It is in place to ensure fans can come to Pocono Raceway, enjoy all the activities and return home safely.”