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Welcome to Rockville Plots Move to Daytona Int'l Speedway in 2020

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Atmosphere during the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

Producer Danny Wimmer Presents has announced that the 2020 edition of Welcome to Rockville festival will move to Daytona International Speedway in Florida. After nine years at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park, Welcome to Rockville will relocate to Daytona Beach for its tenth anniversary from May 8-10, 2020.

"Welcome To Rockville might be leaving Jacksonville, but I’m not leaving Jacksonville behind," said Danny Wimmer Presents founder Danny Wimmer in a release. "This is where it all began – not just for Rockville, but for me. I love my hometown, and I’m really proud of what Rockville accomplished in its nine years in Jacksonville. Unfortunately, there was no longer a space at Metropolitan Park for us to deliver the kind of festival experience that Florida’s rock fans deserve. I’m excited to have a larger site to work with that allows us the room to continue growing the festival experience. I hope all of our Jacksonville friends will join us in this next phase of Welcome To Rockville’s evolution."

Jacksonville is in the process of developing its downtown area and is no longer able to host the rock festival that welcomes more than 90,000 attendees annually. The move to the speedway will allow the festival to increase its attendance and take advantage of the recent $400 million renovations done at the new location. An additional $200 million was invested in the area surrounding the speedway including an increase in hotel rooms, dining experiences and expanded space for camping.

"Daytona International Speedway will serve as a great destination for Welcome To Rockville," Track President Chip Wile said in a release. "The facility is home to motorsports’ biggest events, and we’re excited to add this major music festival to our event calendar. The facility provides all the amenities and camping needs for guests while they enjoy a star-studded music lineup, all with the ‘World Center of Racing’ serving as the backdrop."

More details, including the 2020 lineup, will be announced in the coming months. In 2019, the festival sold out with an attendance of 99,000 fans coming to see such acts as Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest and more.