RIR goes smoke free in grandstands

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - While you sit on your butt at RIR, you can't hold a butt in your hand.  Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced Tuesday that Richmond International Raceway's grandstands will be smoke-free beginning this season. Fans who smoke may continue to do so, but in approved areas only.

Fritz spends some of his offseason reading emails and listening to voicemails that involve feedback from fans who have visited RIR in the previous year.  This year, more than ever, fans complained about the smoking around their seats.  Fritz decided to do something about it.

Fritz told NBC12 Tuesday that most other sports venues do not allow smoking in the seats, and that RIR was actually behind the curve in making this decision. NASCAR has no rules about smoking, and some tracks do still let patrons do it in the stands, while some have all ready banned.

Fans will still be able to smoke on almost 80% of the property.

Approved smoking areas include:

  • Underneath and behind the grandstands
  • Designated areas of the Commonwealth Mezzanine concourse
  • All parking lots
  • The Midway
  • In the campgrounds
  • Outdoors areas in fan hospitality
  • Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate

Grandstand ushers will monitor seating areas to ensure the grandstands remain smoke-free at America's Premier Short Track. Fans can notify an usher or use our text messaging service if they wish to report a violation of the non-smoking policy.

Tickets for the April races at RIR go on sale Friday.

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