Concerts, races, football and fans returning to University City’s big outdoor venues

Coca-Cola 600 fans in 2019

NASCAR fans attending the 2019 Coca-Cola 600.

Big crowds and fast cars and trucks all roared at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the statewide lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor events. If public health stays good, expect many more big shows and crowds this year at University City’s three huge outdoor venues.

PNC Music Pavilion, with nearly 19,000 seats, has 19 shows scheduled starting June 29 with Chicago – The Band. Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Judas Priest and the Jonas Brothers are among the many shows through early November. MORE

Charlotte Motor Speedway, its dirt track and campground will host a total of seven racing events, the two-day Breakaway Music Festival, a concert by ZZ Top and the Speedway Christmas extravaganza. MORE

Jerry Richardson Stadium at UNC Charlotte, with 15,300 seats, will welcome back fans on Sept. 3 and also make history by hosting its first-ever home football game against an ACC opponent: Duke University. CBS Sports Network also plans to televise this and two other 49ers home football games. MORE

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