From the Kentucky Speedway
Phase I Track
The creation of level, expanded parking areas will accommodate as many as 14,000 vehicles. The process will displace approximately 900,000 cubic yards of rock and 1.5 million cubic yards of earth.
New ticket canopies housing 34 total entrance gates.
Creation of new outer loop roads.
Construction of a restroom and bathhouse facility near the main entrance.
Creation of a boulevard entrance way to the grandstand.
New ticket buildings, entrance gates and fencing.
Establishment of two infield camping areas made up of more than 200 sites.
An inner loop road to help transport fans throughout the grounds.
More to come:
Future plans for the facility include the expansion of the existing concourse-level grandstands into Turns 1 and 4 and adding features such as folding seats and drink trays. Plans also include the construction of new restrooms and concession buildings, the expansion of camping options as well as the renovation of the existing infield layout.
SPARTA, Ky. (June 2009) Speedway Motorsports Inc. continues to progress through an opening wave of approximately $13.5 million in Kentucky Speedway facility enhancements which will expand parking, establish infield camping, augment track access roads and enhance the overall guest experience with new entrance areas along with a new restroom and bathhouse facility.
Kentucky Speedway is great and were making a lot of improvements for the fans. One area in which well see growth is infield camping. Youll also see better parking and access roads. The fans want it and we have to give the fans what they want. Thats part of our motto, Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith said.
Kentucky race fans got their first glimpse of the enhancements May 9 when the speedway opened its four-weekend, six-race season with the ARCA RE/MAX Series Drive Smart. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150.
Photo by Don Ward
More ticket gates have been
added to the tracks perimeter
for easier fan entry.
SMI Project Manager Steve Swift said renovations are scheduled to be complete by the speedways June 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz.
In Phase I, were focusing on fan accessibility and the primary parking lot. There were a lot of hills and slopes that were generally not fan friendly.
Weve been blasting non-stop and well have the highest parking elevation down roughly 30 feet when were done. Weve been moving dislodged limestone and shale into valleys. Eventually, the parking lot will gently roll up a hill to make the area more efficient and fan friendly.
We pride ourselves on accommodating the fans, so were getting the area to the point that no matter where they are at the facility, fans will have a panoramic view that gives them better perspective about where theyre going and the distance between points.
Mr. Smith is enjoying this project and hes set the goal of presenting Kentucky fans with the wow factor we deliver at Atlanta, Bristol, Lowes Motor Speedway (Charlotte , N.C.), Las Vegas, Texas and our other facilities, Swift said.