Daytona International Speedway will host a NWSL match between the Orlando Pride and Racing Louisville FC as part of Daytona Soccer Fest, which promises to bring entertainment and soccer to the iconic venue known for the annual Daytona 500.
The game, originally scheduled for July 2 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, will instead be on July 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network as the first NWSL match played at an American motorsports track.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the Daytona Soccer Fest and equally excited to bring an official NWSL match to Daytona Beach,” said NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman. “This truly one-of-a-kind event will be a special experience for both the players and our fans, and we couldn’t be more excited to have one of the most iconic and renowned sports venues in the world as a backdrop to showcase our game.”
The regular season match will be at the newly built soccer field for a first-of-its-kind event inside Daytona International Speedway on the grass field between pit road and the trioval.
“We’re excited to bring this incredible match experience to both our players and our fans,” said Mark Wilf, Orlando Pride chairman. “The NWSL and women’s soccer continue to grow each day and we’re happy to be part of this historic opportunity to showcase our club, our players and our league at one of the most iconic venues in American sports.”
In addition to the NWSL match, players from the Americas and Europe will go head-to-head in a legends game as part of the weekend festival. Javier Mascherano and David Trezeguet will join other players including Juan Sebastian Verón, Gaizka Mendieta, Pavel Pardo and Claudio Pizarro.
“The two-day lineup at Soccer Fest is very impressive and now we have a nice local angle with our friends with the Orlando Pride,” said Frank Kelleher, president of Daytona International Speedway. “At Daytona International Speedway, we are known for hosting world-class events and Soccer Fest fits that bill. It’s going to be one heck of a July 4th weekend celebration.”