Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Mask Means Entry

"Fans wearing face masks and face coverings enter the race track prior to the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. The NASCAR All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic."

When fans returned to sports, I found myself photographing a lot of motorsports.

One of those events allowed up to 30,000 spectators.

Those people were allowed to attend the NASCAR All-Star race in Bristol - most likely making it one of the largest sporting events in the United States to allow spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the sports world in March.

It was a brutally hot day and there were a lot of unknowns - and my job was to mainly show that. Typically this would be mindless assignment as we are so used to massive crowds.

However, all fans had to wear a face covering to gain entry. I found the above to be an interesting view of that stampede to be one of the first fans allow back to a sporting event.


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