The Bowl

Helpful tips to make your visit to the Speedbowl enjoyable:

  • Although we require mufflers on racecars to compete, races are noisy and proper ear protection is suggested, especially for children. Headphones or earplugs may come in handy!
  • Pets are not permitted in the facility at any time, service animals only.
  • Shirt and shoes are required for admission
  • At no time shall access to the racing surface be permitted, unless otherwise approved by a Speedbowl official
  • Smoking is no longer permitted in the grandstands starting in 2020.  For our guests who wish to smoke, there are designated smoking areas provided for your pleasure.


Where do I park? 

New London-Waterford Speedbowl offers acres of FREE parking right at our racetrack. Handicap accessible parking is available up close to the ticket booth, in the fully paved parking lot.  Proper permits are required to park in this area.  Campers must park in the back near the tree line.  We do not offer VIP parking at this time.

Where should I sit to watch the races?

Speedbowl is general admission seating, so feel free to pick your favorite vantage point and enjoy! Every seat enables you to see the entire racing surface.


Can I enter the pit area?

Guest who wish to be permitted access to the Pit Area must sign the NLWSpeedbowl pit waiver and pay the pit entrance fee.  This is done at the Pit Sign In Window.  Minors are allowed into the pit area with and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Parents must sign a minor release form, pit waiver and pay the pit entrance fee for children ages of 16 and under.

How long do events usually last?

Most regularly scheduled Saturday night and Wild & Wacky Wednesday events take between 2 to 3 hours to complete the main events depending on the number of races scheduled, not including any qualifying events that may take place. Special Events may be longer. Qualifying events typically last 1 to 2 hours. See schedule for exact timing for each event.

Can I bring in a cooler?

Yes you may bring in a cooler as long as it does not contain any alcoholic beverages or glass containers. The cooler may not be larger than 14” (small Playmate cooler). Speedbowl Management reserves the right to search your cooler upon entry or at anytime during your visit.

What does the Speedbowl offer for food and beverage? 

We will have various privately owned food trucks available containing a variety of food and drink for your enjoyment.  Selection may change weekly based on availability.


Is re-entry permitted?

Re-entry is permitted one time per event. Keep your ticket stub and receive a hand stamp at the main gate by our guest services team who will authorize re-entry and answer any questions you may have upon exit.

Can I bring my own alcohol with me to the Speedbowl? 

No, you may not bring any alcohol with you to events held on the Speedbowl property. This includes the storing or consumption of alcohol in the Pit Area, Grandstands, midway, bathrooms or parking area.

Can I pre-purchase tickets? 

Yes, you may pre-purchase in bulk for events. We do not offer season passes at this time. For individual events, we offer advance ticket orders for large groups or corporate events. Please contact us for more details.

I will be going to the Speedbowl for the first time soon, what should I bring/expect?

Expect having a great experience. We recommend arriving about 30 minutes before the racing is set to begin, so be sure to check the schedule of events on the web site. Arriving 30 minutes before racing will ensure you ample time to park, purchase tickets at the box office and to find a seat. Stop by the midway to get some refreshments. Our announcing team will keep you updated with the schedule of events for the evening. We broadcast the track PA on 93.3 FM radio so tune in when you are in the parking lot! The seating faces southwest, so be sure to bring sunglasses for the first part of the evening as the sun will face you as it sets. It can often get much cooler out after sundown, so be sure to have a sweatshirt or jacket handy. The stands have been recently renovated to new aluminum benches which don’t bother most, but some do prefer to bring a cushion or lay a blanket down for more comfort. “Rest Back” stadium seating is available for an additional rental fee.

Can I use a credit card at the Speedbowl?

Card is accepted at both the main ticket office and the pit window. Food vendors may accept card if they’re equipped.

Updated 8/18/2022 @ 5:11pm