NASCAR is going stadium racing in 2022 at an unlikely venue.
Series officials announced on Tuesday that the season-opening Clash will take place at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 6. It will mark the first NASCAR race held inside the stadium since it opened in 1923.
According to NASCAR, The Clash at the Coliseum will be a signature event as a part of the venue’s centennial celebration and mark the first time NASCAR’s prelude to the Daytona 500 will take place somewhere other than Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 will take place two weeks later.
“Los Angeles is synonymous with major sports and entertainment events, so we seized an innovative opportunity to showcase NASCAR at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to take center stage in this market as we get our 2022 season underway.”
The traditional Coliseum grass playing surface will be converted into a quarter-mile, asphalt short track creating a brand-new event to kick off the season. It will also mark the first time drivers will race in the new Next Gen cars.
The Clash at the Coliseum will be the first of two visits to Southern California, as NASCAR’s premier series will also again race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in 2022.
Tickets for the Feb. 6 NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum will go on-sale beginning Thursday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Tickets start at $65 for adults and kids 12 & under starting as low as $10. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum offers a variety of seating options from lower to upper bowl, midfield start/finish line seats to premium club seats with access to the exclusive Lou Galen Club Lounge. Premium Club seats will go on-sale starting Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. ET following a special pre-sale to current Club Members. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com. For more information visit nascar.com/lacoliseum.