- Associated Press - Friday, July 5, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (AP) - Football games at Daytona International Speedway?

Track president Joie Chitwood III says he would like to lure football, soccer and rugby games to the famed speedway following its $400 million redesign. Florida, Florida State or even the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be potential candidates to play there.

The track broke ground on the three-year redesign Friday. The project is scheduled to be completed by January 2016.

When it’s done, Daytona’s aging grandstands will have a modern look and feel. There will be wider and more comfortable seating, improved concessions and countless big-screen televisions that will keep fans abreast of the action even when they step away from the stands.

The redesign is expected to make the 101,000-seat venue the best in auto racing. But how would it fair for other sports?

The games would be played on the infield grass in front of the start-finish line, an area plenty big enough for those events. But it’s unlikely many of the seats would be ideal for up-close viewing.

Still, Chitwood would like to at least explore the possibility.

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