Professional sports return to Tennessee with Food City 500

Posted at 3:34 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 16:34:51-04

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WTVF) — This weekend, Tennessee will hold its first professional sports event since the Coronavirus outbreak. However, the Food City 500 will, of course, happen without fans in the stands.

The 60th annual historic Food City 500 will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 31, at Bristol Motor Speedway. It will air live on FS1and PRN at 2:30 p.m. cst on May 31 and the Cheddar's 300 presented by Alsco will air live on FS1 and PRN at 2:30 p.m. cst on May 30.

Officials said NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway have a plan, which has been reviewed by health professionals, to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the race.

They will be limiting overall personnel at the event. They will also be conducting pre-event screening, social distancing on site as well as using personal protection equipment and sanitizing areas of the facility both before and during the event.

"Tennessee is proud to welcome NASCAR back to action in a way that both protects public health and gives fans the opportunity to watch the sport they love," said Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. "This pandemic has forced all industries to adapt in innovative ways, and I applaud NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway for their thoughtful approach to bring back racing in a safe way."

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