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Pocono Raceway

Blakeslee, PA

Home of the Pocono Raceway

3.7

2.6

Pocono Raceway (map it)
Long Pond Road and Andretti Road
Blakeslee, PA 18610


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Year Opened: 1971

Capacity: 76,812

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The Tricky Triangle

Pocono Raceway is a unique, triangular shaped track with three very distinct turns. It is a drivers’ nightmare but what is it like for the fans?

Pocono Raceway is nestled in the Pocono mountain region of eastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Long Pond. The track was built in 1968 and hosted its first NASCAR race in 1974. It now hosts two NASCAR weekends every year. The first event is in June while the second is traditionally the first weekend of August.

The founder of the track, Joseph Mattioli, was a big fan of green energy, and the track has a huge solar farm right outside of the track and beside the track owner’s house. In fact, all energy to run the track, plus close to 1,000 homes in the area, is generated through the solar panels.

3.7

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

If you have a craving for any type of food you can think of, they probably have it at Pocono. The concessions are run by a company called DJ's, which also runs the concessions at other NASCAR tracks such as Dover and Watkins Glen. The problem is that the prices are very high, even for stadium concessions.

Examples of available food are turkey legs $9, breakfast sandwich $5, philly cheese steak (ground hamburger on a hot dog bun) $7, Italian sausage $7 and a snow cone $4. They probably have 20 other offerings like your standard hamburger, fries and nachos as well. The bleachers are almost a mile long, and you'll find stands all along.

For drinks, they had coffee $2, medium soda $4, large soda $5, bottled water $3, fruit smoothie $5 and 16oz cans of beer $7.

Now, here is the nice part of NASCAR races, you can bring in your own food and drinks, including beer! No need to pay the ridiculous prices that they sell stuff for. Just make sure that your cooler meets the specs for the track, which is usually 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches, and no glass bottles for the drinks.

Atmosphere    4

Just about every NASCAR race I have been to is the same, with huge crowds of rowdy fans, drinking heavily and having fun. Sure, things can get out of hand sometimes but no more than at an NFL or MLB game. You will either love the atmosphere, or hate it, just know what you are getting into when you visit a NASCAR track.

Neighborhood    2

There is not much in the Long Pond area, with few thriving businesses. It's not a bad area, just very country with nothing to do outside of the race weekend. Luckily, this is where NASCAR is different than something like a football game. NASCAR is really a weekend long event, starting early Friday and lasting well into Sunday afternoon between practice sessions, qualifying and multiple races for various national touring series, highlighted with the Sprint Cup series race on Sunday.

Fans    4

I have a hard time rating NASCAR fans. On one hand, they are extremely passionate and loyal to the core, but on the other hand, they can be so foul-mouthed and full of hate toward others.

Pocono has not sold out a NASCAR event in a long time, but the fans that attend still number well over 80,000 and are loud. Really loud.

Access    3

A typical race weekend can draw more than 150,000 visitors to the area, so the roads become very congested. I would recommend arriving at the track a good four hours before the scheduled start time. The track itself is approximately 10 miles from the interstate, and traffic is often backed up the entire 10 miles. The road into the track area is only one lane each way, although once you get within a mile or two of the gate, they do restrict traffic to only coming toward the track, allowing additional lanes in with the use of road cones.

Exiting the speedway can take a good hour if you are parked close to the track. It is honestly a good idea sometimes to just sit back and enjoy an after-race snack, or even a full blown tailgate, before trying to maneuver your way out of the parking lot.

Bathrooms are typical of a large facility. The entire bathroom complex is called "Long John" and is the world's biggest toilet facility with over 1,000 toilets.

Return on Investment    4

With the track being a large, 2.5 miles long, you can only see the entire event if you have seats very high up, which cost $120-$150. While you can get into the event for $40, just know that you will have limited viewing of just a few hundred feet of each lap.

It is well worth it to spend for the more expensive, higher up tickets so you can see more of the track.

There is also the option to get infield parking passes, where you watch the race from your car or RV.

Extras    4

This is where NASCAR outshines every other sport in America, except maybe minor league baseball. The drivers constantly are doing autograph sessions, and meet and greets at local venues. You can also buy pit paddock passes which allow you access to certain areas of the garage where you can interact with members of the crew and the drivers before the race begins. Sponsors are constantly giving away samples of products to the point that you need to bring an extra bag to carry all of the freebies.

Final Thoughts

If you like NASCAR or enjoy a weekend long party, then attending a race at Pocono (or any other NASCAR track) is the right sporting event for you.

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Crowd Reviews

Pocono Raceway

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 5

Pocono Raceway is a unique, triangular shaped track with three very distinct turns. It is a drivers' nightmare but what is it like for the fans?

Pocono Raceway is nestled in the Pocono mountain region of eastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Long Pond. The track was built in 1968 and hosted its first NASCAR race in 1974. It now hosts two NASCAR weekends every year. The first event is in June while the second is traditionally the first weekend of August.

The owner of the track, Mr. Mattioli, is a big fan of green energy, and the track has a huge solar farm right outside of the track and beside the track owner's house. In fact, all energy to run the track, plus close to 1,000 homes in the area, is generated through the solar panels.

Not a NASCAR fan

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 4

I'm not a NASCAR fan. I was here selling lemonade as a fundraiser for our Scout Troop. Still, I was able to spend some time watching the race and I got to meet a lot of people...drunk people. I was hoping to compare the drunks to sober fans but I couldn't find any. If you like NASCAR, you may well have a fun and interesting experience. That just not what I got out of it.

Excited that leads to Disappointment

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 1
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 1
  • Extras: 3

Can you say traffic! Coming and going. Yikes. Parking, later you get there have fun walking. Every driver has a full sized trailer selling their merchandise. Food and drink is plentyfull. Normally priced for such a venue. Hard to see all of the track. Bring binoculars! Cool to walk on pit road a track before race. Overall fun timeif you can get a seat without any loud foul mouthed hillbillys. They have absolutely no respect for anybody including children. Good luck on getting security to do anything either. I'm sure they are having fun ut for the mother that brings her son to the race its not so pleasant. You can't even say anything to them cause they just want to fight you. For the price of tickets nobody should have to deal with it. Just emeber these people are driving home with you on the roads....scary. Been to a couple of races here and most likely will never come back.

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